Child Found Dead, Mother Unconscious in Oceanside

Oceanside police are handling the case as a homicide until proven otherwise

The death of an Oceanside toddler and the discovery of his mother unconscious nearby is being treated as a homicide by investigators.

Oceanside police found the 22-month-old boy and his 28-year-old mother inside their condo on Woodpark Way Wednesday night.

The toddler did not survive. His mother was rushed to Tri City Medical Center. Once she regains consciousness, homicide investigators want to interview her to find out what may have caused her son's death.

The child's grandmother called 911 around 7:45 p.m.

When Oceanside Police arrived, they started giving CPR to the child. Paramedics continued the attempt to revive him but he was pronounced dead at the scene. 

NBC 7’s Elena Gomez reports on the discovery of a 22-month-old child in an Oceanside home Wednesday.

The boy's mother was found unresponsive in a room downstairs.  There was no forced entry to the home the family shared with the toddler's grandmother, police said.

Oceanside detectives will remain on scene to conduct the death investigation. 

Officials say they are treating the child's death as a homicide because of its suspicious nature. They say treating it as a homicide until proven otherwise will make it less likely for investigators to miss key details.

"It's one of the toughest investigations you'll ever work," said Lt. Aaron Doyle. "A child is just innocent, and being a father, it's just very difficult to work these cases."

Results from an autopsy performed Thursday morning will be critical to determining if any arrests should be made, investigators say.

The baby's father, a local Marine, does not live in the home and is not considered a suspect at this time.

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