Santa Maria Foster Mother Arrested On Suspicion Of Murder

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a woman who is both aunt and foster mother to a 3-year-old child found dead in Santa Maria has been arrested for investigation of murder.

Santa Maria Police said Friday 27-year-old Sylvia Marie Dominguez was arrested on suspicion of murder and willful infliction of injury to a child causing great bodily injury or death.

Police Lt. Dan Ast says emergency crews responded to a report that the boy -- Gilbert Dominguez -- was not breathing.

He was pronounced dead soon after rescue workers arrived. A criminal investigation was opened because of injuries on the boy's

Three other children in Dominguez's care were put in the custody of child welfare services.
Information from: Santa Maria Times

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