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Saturday, Sep 21 2013 02:54 PM

Toddler found dead in vehicle on Chester Lane

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Police have arrested a 20-year-old Bakersfield woman in connection with the death of a toddler found dead inside a vehicle Friday night.

Wendy Guadalupe Gomez was being held on suspicion of willful harm to a child causing injury or death, according to a 5:21 p.m. Saturday news release from the Bakersfield Police Department.

Police said they were not yet releasing the toddler's name or information on the relationship between Gomez and the girl.

Officers were dispatched at 11:09 p.m. to the 3300 block of Chester Lane to check on a child who appeared not to be breathing, according to department news release earlier in the day.

Upon arrival, they discovered that the girl had suffered "obvious trauma to her lower extremities," the release states.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office stated in a separate news release that an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Anyone with information on the case is urged to call a Bakersfield police detective at 326-3711.

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