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Wednesday, Jul 18 2012 07:38 PM

Neighbors, family mourn loss of baby girl

BY ANNA BURLESON Californian staff writer aburleson@bakersfield.com

A small memorial of stuffed animals and candles has been set up at an apartment complex on Monterey Street in honor of a child who died after being struck by a car.

One-year-old Isabella Rose Alvarado was hit by an SUV, driven by her mother, Amanda Alvarado, in the parking lot of their apartment building Tuesday afternoon, police have said.

The baby was taken to Kern Medical Center where she died from her injuries, according to a Bakersfield Police Department news release.

As of Wednesday evening, police had very little information regarding the specifics of the incident; Lt. Greg Terry said the department is still investigating.

"This appears to be an accident," Terry said. "A horribly tragic one."

Jose Lasalde lives in the apartment complex and has been friends with the Alvarado family for about eight months. He didn't see what happened, but once he knew about it he went to the hospital to try to see the family.

He recalled spending last Easter with the family, playing games.

"She's a really good mother and he's a really good father," he said. "There are no words to say. It's hard."

Apartment manager Sammie Duff Jr. said he saw what happened, but declined to describe it.

"If I'd have had two more seconds, I think I could have saved her," Duff said.

Isabella's mother and father had been working on moving from the apartments to a house. Family members at the apartment Wednesday afternoon moving the family's remaining belongings declined to comment.

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