A 4-year-old girl found dead in Porterville Tuesday morning was “intentionally suffocated” by her aunt, the Porterville Police Department said.
Lt. Dominic Barteau said the girl was found unresponsive at a home in the 200 block of South G Street just after 6:40 a.m. Medical personnel attempted to save her, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police later determined the child’s death was suspicious, and homicide detectives were called to investigate, Barteau said. After processing evidence and interviewing family members at the scene, the detectives learned that Santa Christina Pablo, the girl’s 20-year-old aunt, “intentionally suffocated” the child.
Pablo was arrested and booked into Tulare Counter Jail on a murder charge. No motive has been established, Barteau said.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Detective Michael Gray at 559-782-7400.