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Death of 2-year-old girl ruled a homicide; suspect arrested [Updated]

October 7, 2010 |  3:22 pm

The death of a 2-year-old girl in Inglewood has been ruled a homicide, authorities said. The toddler sustained "major physical trauma," said Steve Whitmore, a spokesman with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The coroner ruled the death a homicide, he said, A 21-year-old male, who was not immediately identified, was arrested on charges of murder, Whitmore said.

[Updated at 8:42 p.m.: The Sheriff's Department identified the suspect as Davon Smith.]

The suspect is being held at the sheriff's South Los Angeles station without bail, he said. Homicide detectives interviewed family members Thursday afternoon at the Inglewood home in the 10600 block of Cimarron Street where the girl was staying in the company of her maternal grandmother and an adult male, authorities said. The child's mother is incarcerated.

Paramedics were called to the home just after 11 p.m. on Wednesday. They transported the toddler to Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood.

“She was in full arrest,” Whitmore said. “Doctors tried to revive her, but couldn’t.” Whitmore did not specify the type of injuries the toddler had sustained.

Sheriff’s homicide detectives were being assisted by the Special Victims Bureau, a unit that is typically called in when a crime has possibly been committed against a child. The unit investigates cases of physical or sexual abuse, Whitmore said.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call the sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500 or (800) 222-8477.

-- Ann M. Simmons