The Kern County Sheriff's Department said 3-year-old James Fanshier was found not breathing in a home and died, and now the coroner is determining the exact cause of death.
Deputies said that on Sunday at about 7:35 p.m., they were sent to a home in the 200 block of Van Buren Street in Taft regarding a child not breathing.
When the deputy arrived, they said they were met on the street by the childs stepmother who was holding the child, the KCSD reported.
The deputy immediately started CPR, however, the child did not respond to treatment and was pronounced dead at the home, deputies said.
Homicide detectives responded to the scene to investigate.
An autopsy is scheduled for Monday to determine the exact cause of death.
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