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Police find a woman running in the street, and a toddler dead inside a Covina home

Police find a woman running in the street, and a toddler dead inside a Covina home
A toddler was found dead early Friday on the second floor of a Covina townhouse, which was on fire, police said. (Los Angeles Times)

Homicide detectives were investigating the death of a toddler after officers discovered his body in a Covina townhouse early Friday, authorities said.

At about 3:25 a.m., a Covina police officer saw a partially clothed woman, with what looked like blood on her body, running in the middle of the street in the 300 block of North 2nd Avenue, Sgt. David Rodriguez said.

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The woman, who police think is in her early 30s, wouldn’t give officers information about who she was or where she lived, but she made statements that led police to think there was a victim.

The woman tried to flee, but police detained her, Rodriguez said. She was not injured but was taken to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, police said.

Officers learned she lived in the 100 block of East Italia Street, where they discovered a small fire in the second story of a townhouse.

“They saw the fire from outside, so they rushed in to save anybody they could,” Rodriguez said. “They found the toddler deceased on the second floor.”

Covina police did not release the child’s age. Rodriguez said a coroner had not determined the cause of death. Officers don’t know whether the blood on the woman’s body came from the child, he said.

Investigators don’t think there are other suspects or victims involved, although the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Covina detectives at (626) 384-5622.

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