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Wednesday, Aug 08 2012 08:17 PM

Baby's death under investigation

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Sheriff's detectives are investigating the death of a 16-month-old boy after hospital personnel noticed suspicious injuries and trauma on the child's body Wednesday afternoon.

Neven Thompson was pronounced dead at 1:30 p.m. at Kern Medical Center, according to a Kern County Sheriff's coroner news release.

At 1:19 p.m., Kern County Sheriff's Department deputies were dispatched to an east Bakersfield home in the 1100 block of Webster Street after a 911 call was made from the home reporting a baby who was not breathing, sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt said.

Before deputies arrived, the toddler's parents drove him to Kern Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead and hospital staff noticed "signs of trauma to his body," Pruitt said. Pruitt would not specify what the boy's injuries were.

A neat, beige house on the corner of Webster and Kentucky streets was cordoned off with crime tape several hours later while investigators waited for a search warrant. Pruitt said investigators had already contacted the boy's parents at the hospital.

"At this point, we are treating it as a suspicious death," he said.

Marco Yanez, 16, and his 13-year-old brother Rigo Yanez, who live next door to the house, said a mother, father and two young children lived there with another man.

An autopsy is scheduled for later this week to determine what caused Neven's death.

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