Autopsy: Fort Worth toddler's death a homicide, CPS now involved

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by MARCUS MOORE

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Posted on February 3, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 3 at 9:20 PM

Toddler Found Dead

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FORT WORTH –– The Tarrant County Medical Examiner ruled Monday that a two-year-old boy found unresponsive while under the care of his mother's boyfriend died of blunt force trauma. 

Fort Worth police launched an investigation into the Anthony Segora's death after he was found Saturday night. 

Department spokeswoman Sharron Neal said MedStar received an emergency call at 11:30 p.m. Saturday reporting an unconscious toddler at a duplex in the 5900 block of Whittlesey Road. 

The boy’s mother was at work and her boyfriend was babysitting, Neal said. Paramedics took Anthony to an area hospital where he was declared dead. The medical examiner lists the cause of death as "blunt force trauma of abdomen."

Neal said the boyfriend was arrested on an unrelated warrant. Police have not said whether they've charged anyone in the boy's death. Police initially stated the child was three years old, but the medical examiner's report lists him as two. 

The Crimes Against Children division is leading the investigation. Police officials have not released details about how the boy was found. Child Protective Services is also aiding the investigation, said spokeswoman Shari Pulliam. The boy’s two siblings -- a three-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl --  are each in foster care and are “doing well,” Pulliam said. 

CPS has been called to the home before, although none of those cases involve the man who was babysitting Anthony when paramedics found him unresponsive. 

In 2010, CPS agents placed the children with their paternal grandparents while the parents completed drug counseling. In Sept. 2011, Pulliam said the mother tested positive for “a mind-altering substance” while she was pregnant. In 2012, CPS agents investigated a report of domestic violence that occurred when the children were not in the room. 

The last investigation was in January of last year. Pulliam said the family fled CPS workers and “remained unable to locate during the investigation.” 

Neighbors are planning to hold a candlelight vigil in the southeast Fort Worth neighborhood Monday evening.  

“My reaction was like, ‘Oh my gosh,’ I just broke down and cried because I know how she feels,” said Felicia Harris, a neighbor who said her children were playing with the boy and his siblings earlier that afternoon. “I just cried for her. I just wish I could see her so I could give her a big hug.” 

WFAA's Lauren Zakalik contributed to this report

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