Cou­ple ar­rested af­ter tod­dler found dead

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Page Two -

RANCHO COR­DOVA — Po­lice have ar­rested the mother of a tod­dler found dead un­der some blan­kets in the back of an SUV parked on a North­ern Cal­i­for­nia street, of­fi­cials said Thurs­day.

Of­fi­cers ar­rested 27-yearold An­gela Phakhin, 27, and her boyfriend, Unt­wan Smith, 46, both of Arkansas, on sus­pi­cion of child en­dan­ger­ment in the death of the 3year-old girl in Rancho Cor­dova on Wed­nes­day. The girl’s name was not re­leased.

The child was found un­re­spon­sive Wed­nes­day in the back seat of the SUV by Rancho Cor­dova po­lice of­fi­cers and pro­nounced dead at the scene, said Sacra­mento County Sher­iff’s spokesman Sgt. Tony Turn­bull.

He said the cou­ple were found near the car and were de­tained for ques­tion­ing. A records check showed they owned the car and that Smith has an out­stand­ing war­rant out of Arkansas.

The child did not have ob­vi­ous signs of trauma. The coro­ner’s of­fice will de­ter­mine a cause of death, said Turn­bull said.

The car was parked the wrong way on a street when the child was dis­cov­ered in­side.

Ad­di­tional charges are pos­si­ble af­ter the coro­ner’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

De­tec­tives be­lieve that Phakhin and Smith ar­rived in Cal­i­for­nia in Fe­bru­ary and had been liv­ing out of the SUV at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in Sacra­mento County.

Phakhin and Smith were be­ing held on $1 mil­lion bail each and are sched­uled to be ar­raigned in Sacra­mento Su­pe­rior Court on Fri­day. It was not im­me­di­ately known if ei­ther had an at­tor­ney.

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