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4-month-old boy smothered to death; KCSO investigating as homicide

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Posted at 2:35 PM, Feb 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-08 19:38:25-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Kern County Coroner has ruled that a 4-month-old boy, who died in September, was smothered to death. KCSO is now investigating his death as a homicide.

According to KCSO, 4-month-old Landon Helmick was found unresponsive on September 30, 2018 in the 1900 block of South J Street in South Bakersfield. He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital, where he died.

A postmortem examination was conducted by the Kern County Coroner. The Kern County Coroner has ruled that the cause of death was smothering and the manner was homicide.

KCSO says a person of interest has been identified and interviewed, but no arrests have been made.