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Boy found dead with burns, cuts and bruises; mother, her fiance arrested

Modesto police have arrested the mother of a 3-year-old boy and her fiance on suspicion that they tortured and killed the child.

The boy died of injuries that included burns, lacerations and bruises, the Modesto Bee reported Saturday.

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Emergency personnel went to a home Wednesday to check on a child who was not breathing, Modesto police said. The boy was taken to a hospital in critical condition and then flown by helicopter to Valley Children's Hospital in Madera.

Detectives arrested the child's mother, 24-year-old Connie Escamilla, on suspicion of murder, and her fiance, 20-year-old Kylie Beasley, on suspicion of murder and torture. Escamilla's 7-year-old daughter was placed with Child Protective Services.

The child's cause of death has not been determined.

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