Police investigate Spokane toddler's homicide

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 8, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 3:43 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Police are investigating the death of a toddler who suffered a blunt impact to the head. The Spokane County Medical Examiner ruled Rylee Castner’s death as a homicide on Monday.

The 18 month old died at Sacred Heart Medical Center on March 31.

An autopsy revealed that the toddler died from a subdural hemorrhage and right parietal skull fracture. The Medical Examiner confirmed that the injuries happened due to blunt impact to head.

Police searched a house along the 2100 block of West Mansfield Court during their investigation. A search warrant revealed that medics arrived at the house to find Castner bleeding from the mouth and bruised under both cheeks. An officer at the scene said that the bruising appeared to be finger marks. The same officer also observed a large indentation on the left side of the toddler’s head according to the search warrant.

Court documents showed that the Castner’s grandmother noticed blood coming from the toddler’s mouth while at a barbeque. She immediately called 911 when she spotted the blood according to police. The grandmother told officers that the toddler was lethargic and unresponsive at the time.

Investigators said that no charges have been filed and that nobody is in custody. Police said that their investigation is on-going.

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