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Infant Found Dead in Alpine Has Been Identified: SDSO

An 18-month old baby girl found dead in an Alpine motor home has been identified, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO) said. 

Paramedics first responded to a 911 call for an infant, identified as Leah Brown-Meza, who was not breathing inside a motor home parked on the property on the 300 block of Hunter Lane Tuesday, deputies said. 

The 21-year old mother woke up to find the baby girl not breathing, SDSO said. 

Despite life-saving efforts, the infant did not respond and was pronounced dead. She did have injuries on her body, but it is unclear if the injuries are related to her death, SDSO said.

"Based on the totality of the circumstances, we decided to take over the investigative responsibility for the case," said SDSO Lt. Kenneth Nelson.

Homicide and Child Abuse investigators are on scene, looking into the incident as a possible suspicious death. 

Nelson says they are calling this a suspicious death until the Medical Examiner releases information on the cause of death.

The infant's mother and her boyfriend's family are cooperating with detectives, Nelson said.

The autopsy report has been sealed. 

No other information was immediately available. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321, or after hours at (858) 565-5200. You can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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