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A 13-month-old boy was declared dead Saturday afternoon at a home in Santa Rosa and a 29-year-old man found unconscious next to the boy was arrested on suspicion of murder, Santa Rosa police said.
Patrick Oneill, who was hospitalized with what police initially said were life-threatening injuries, will be booked into jail once he is cleared from the hospital, police said in a statement Saturday night.
Officers found Oneill and the baby lying next to one another on the floor of the back bedroom of the house on Darek Drive, a short street that runs south off West Third Street west of Stony Point Road, Lt. Dan Marincik said earlier Saturday.
There were no signs of violence in the house, but officers found signs of recent drug use next to where the child was discovered, the statement said.
The cause of the boys death has not been determined, but investigators believe that Oneills actions are to blame, it said.
Police responded about 1 p.m. to a report from a woman who went to the home to check on some of the residents and found the man and child unresponsive, Marincik said earlier.
Officers found items consistent with narcotic use inside the home, and Marincik declined to elaborate, saying that evidence was still being collected.
Detectives from the Violent Crimes Investigation Team are handling the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 707-543-3590.
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KTVU) – The Santa Rosa police department is investigating the death of a 13-month old boy discovered early Saturday afternoon.
The small child was found unresponsive and not breathing by a female who went to the residence to check on the residents who lived there.
While at the home located on the 200 block of Darek Drive, the woman discovered an adult male and a small child who were both laying on the ground and were unresponsive.
The child was declared deceased at the scene. Meanwhile, the unconscious man was transported to a local hospital in life-threatening condition.
Detectives are working to gather more information, and will identify the involved persons at a later time.