Family Has Car Wash To Raise Funds For Toddlers Funeral

Toddlers Suspicious Death Causes Family To Look For Answers

Family members of a Taft boy who died under suspicious circumstances are trying to raise funds to bury the toddler as they cope with the loss.

A car wash will help with the funeral expenses for 3-year-old James Fanshier.

The boys' father still has many unanswered questions.

"I'm still waiting to find out what exactly happened," said Evan Fanshier.

The Kern County Sheriff's Department is calling the death suspicious but no arrests have been made.

"It's got to stop. The child abuse, the child neglect and child endangerment all has to stop. I lost my grandson and it does not make any sense," said Kathy Holman, grandmother.

Sheriff officials said the 3-year-old died while living with his biological father's ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend in Taft.

"There is no one to blame but those who are responsible. I hope they get punished. My son was staying with my ex-girlfriend because I thought he would be safe there. I was wrong and now I lost my son forever," said Fanshier

Fanshier and James' grandmother along with many friends and members of Operation Soul Winner worked together washing cars Thursday trying to raise $1,500 for the funeral.

The case is still pending and the autopsy results are not yet complete. The death is being investigated by homicide detectives because the toddler had significant bruising on his body, according to the Sheriff's Office.

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