Three-year-old James Fanshier died of multiple blunt force trauma

The young boy who died in Ford City in late January was the victim of a murder, the Kern County Sheriff-Coroner has ruled.
After months of tissue studies following the death, it was ruled the boy suffered multiple injuries that caused his death.
“After completing an autopsy including microscopic and toxicological studies, the cause of death for 3-year-old James Fanshier was determined to be multiple blunt force injuries and the manner of death is Homicide,” the Sheriff-Coroner said in a brief statement released Thursday morning.
Fanshier died in a small bungalow at 2001/2 Van Buren on Jan. 23.
He was staying with the ex-girlfriend of his father and her current boyfriend.?The woman ran into the street carrying the boy's body and flagged down a passing Sheriff's deputy.
Medical aid was summoned but the boy was pronounced dead.
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