No cause of death determined yet. investigation is ongoing
The Kern County Coroner has identified the young boy who died Sunday in Ford City under suspicious circumstances as James Fanshier, 3.
An autopsy was performed Monday but no cause of death has been established
“It's undetermined at this point as to cause and manner of death,” Sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt said Tuesday afternoon,
The cause is pending further microscopic and toxicological tests which could take up to 90 days, Pruitt said.
The boy was not breathing when Sheriff's deputies, firefighters and paramedics were called to a small home at 200-1/2 Van Buren Street just after 7:30 p.m Sunday.
The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.
Kern County Sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating the death because of bruises found on the boy's body, Pruitt said.
“It hasn't been ruled a homicide but we are investigating it as a suspicious death,” Pruitt said.
Detectives have interviewed the two adults in the home, his biological father's ex girlfriend and her new boyfriend, identified as Stormy Roberts, 20, and Dustin Wedel, 24.
Both have been questioned in the case and are persons of interest, Pruitt said.
“We have not classified anyone as a suspect but these are individuals we have questioned as part of the investigation,” Pruitt said.
Detectives have also talked with the biological father and are attempting to talk with the mother as well, Pruitt said “to try to find out what happened to this boy.”