The mother and grandmother of a 5-year-old were arrested in connection with the child’s death, days after officers were called to a Coachella home where the child had stopped breathing last week.
The child’s mother, 37-year-old Vanessa Rangel, was arrested around 7 p.m. Tuesday by officers serving a search warrant on the 51,500 block of Date Street, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
The child’s maternal grandmother, Hilaria Rangel, 55, was arrested by Coachella police at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday at a location on Miro Lane, according to prison records.
Authorities began an investigation after officers were called to a residence on the 50400 block of South Kenmore Street in Coachella around 7:53 p.m. Thursday, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
“On arrival, relatives sent officers to a child who was not breathing,” authorities said. “Deputies and [California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection] medics took life-saving measures, but the child died on the spot.”
The Sheriff’s Department said on Wednesday that further details about the incident are “not being released at this time.”
Department spokesmen did not answer follow-up questions, including about the nature of the child’s injuries.
Both women were arrested on suspicion of child abuse resulting in serious bodily harm and death, the deputies said.
Prison records show they are due to appear in court on Friday.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the investigators at (760) 863-8990 or (760) 393-3528.