Mother describes Spokane toddler homicide investigation

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 5:12 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. Court documents say he had several bruises and a large indent on the left side of his head.

Castner’s mother, Cassandra, spoke to KREM 2 News on Tuesday. She believes that she knows who is responsible for her son’s death. Cassandra Castner refused to elaborate for fear of jeopardizing the investigation. She described her son as cuddly and the happiest baby she has ever seen, and is deadly distraught by what happened. Cassandra and her mother want other families to remember to love their babies a little extra tonight.

"I just want to crawl in his bed, lay there and hold all his stuff. I just wish I would have held him every chance I had, because now I don't," said Cassandra.

Rylee will be buried on Thursday but through his death he gave three families a gift. He donated his heart to another baby and his kidnies and liver went to save other sick kids.

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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