Pasco Police Say Nothing Suspicious in Death of Young Girl
PASCO, Wash.- Police investigating the death of a five-year-old foster child say at this point, the death looks like a tragic accident.
Pasco Police say nothing suspicious has turned up in the death of five-year-old Erica Martinez.
Everything in the investigation right now points to it being a simple accident.
Police say the parents told them Martinez fell and hit her head in the bathtub at their Pasco home on August 26th. She was flown to a Spokane hospital where she later passed away last week.
Since then, DSHS has taken another child from the girl's foster parents, but won't say why.
Pasco Police say the investigation has turned up nothing unusual but they have to investigate all child deaths, no matter what the circumstances.
"It's an obligation by the state and by child protective services and by the police that when you have young children involved and those types of things that they're investigated to make sure that there's no negligence or you have criminal acts that obviously could have been perpetrated," said Capt. Jim Raymond.
Police don't have any arrests pending right now or any suspects because they're not treating it as a crime.
Martinez would have been a kindergartner at Whittier Elementary this fall.