Stockton police investigate suspicious death of a 2-year-old girl. (Tuesday, April 8, 2014) News10
SACRAMENTO - Stockton police and Child Protective Services are investigating the suspicious death of a 2-year-old girl.
The girl was found dead at her home in the 1600 block of East Eleventh Street in Stockton on Sunday. Investigators still don't have a cause of death but neighbors say the toddler was tortured.
"She looked miserable, like a child that hated their life," said one neighbor who did not want to be identified.
People who knew the child say she was named Tafarie and was being raised by her father and his girlfriend. Several neighbors said they wouldn't see the girl play outside often because her parents would always keep her locked inside. But the last time they caught a glimpse of her, they said she looked emaciated. "All her ribs, spine, showing she had bruises from head to toe. Her hair was falling out," said one nearby resident.
A next-door neighbor said she could hear the child screaming and crying for help through the walls and wanted to put a stop to it.
"On numerous occasions, I had called 911. I had called CPS and nobody did anything. That's their job, that's what they were supposed to do," she said.
The neighborhood is now stunned over the death of a defenseless toddler and they want the parents to be held accountable.
Police say they are waiting for the autopsy report that will determine the cause of death before they can take any action.