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Death of 2-year-old Compton girl under investigation by homicide detectives

November 16, 2010 |  8:57 am

Compton_girl Los Angeles County sheriff's homicide detectives are still investigating the death late last week of a 2-year-old Compton girl.

The toddler, Leslie Ramirez, was taken to St. Francis Medical Center Friday afternoon after authorities received a 911 medical emergency call. She died at the hospital at about 4:30 p.m., 45 minutes after paramedics were called.

Homicide Det. Phil Guzman, who is handling the case, said investigators went to the hospital and the home to interview Leslie's family after they were notified of her death. She was living in an apartment in the 500 block of North Crane Street with her 9-year-old brother, mother and the mother's boyfriend. Guzman said the boyfriend is not the children's father. 

According to preliminary coroner's records, Leslie had traces of bite marks; bruising to the extremities and torso; a "boggy scalp," indicating raw sores and hair loss; and tense abdomen. Coroner's officials have since placed a security hold on the case and will not provide additional details about how she died.

Her brother has been removed from the home and is in the care of Department of Children and Family Services, Guzman said. He said investigators do not yet know whether any prior abuse allegations had been made in connection with the family or if the family had previous contact with child welfare officials.

Guzman said no arrests have been made in connection with the case.

"At this point, the investigation is ongoing," he said.

Anyone with information about the death of Leslie Ramirez is asked to contact the sheriff's homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

-- Sarah Ardalani

Photo: Scene over Leslie Ramirez's home. Credit: KTLA