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14-month-old Quechan Indian girl dies,

March 24, 2002

cause pending results of autopsy

By JENNIFER RALTON-SMITH

Staff Writer

WINTERHAVEN — A Quechan Indian Reservation resident put his 14-month-old daughter to bed here early Friday night only to discover her unresponsive when he went to check on her around 3.30 a.m. Saturday.

The father immediately woke his wife and rushed to a neighbor's house to call 911.

Imperial County Sheriff's Office deputies from the Winterhaven substation along with a team from the Imperial County Fire Department responded and transported the child, Breeze PretendsEagle, to Yuma Regional Medical Center.

According to Imperial County Coroner Investigator Deputy Gary Hayes, the medical team transporting the infant to Yuma Regional was unable to revive her and she was declared dead prior to the ambulance arriving at the hospital.

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An autopsy was performed Saturday and results are pending.

Hayes said there were no signs of trauma and the death remains under investigation.

>> Staff Writer Jennifer Ralton-Smith can be reached at 337-3442 or dingo87@earthlink.net

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