Fort Worth police say toddler's body was burned




Posted on March 16, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 16 at 5:16 PM

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FORT WORTH — A child found dead at a Fort Worth home Tuesday night was reported to have sustained "immersion burns to her lower extremities," according to a report released by the Fort Worth Police Department Wednesday afternoon.

Police received a call of a possible drowning just before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 1800 block of South Edgewood Drive.

Police said family members told them that two-year-old Jaz-mine Howard had drowned. However, police found evidence that led them to investigate further.

An autopsy conducted by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner was not able to determine a cause of death, the statement released by the Fort Worth Police Department said. "The Crimes Against Children Unit is continuing their investigation pending the ME's ruling," the statement continued.

The report also stated that Jaz-mine's biological father, who police have not been able to locate, was at home during the day with her. He has also been named a person of interest in the investigation.

Early Wednesday morning, police were seen going through the trunk of a car outside the home, where the girl's body was discovered. The coroner's preliminary report listed the place of death as the  "front walk" of the residence.

Crimes Against Children were talking with the child's mother, grandmother and uncle, who all live at the address.

Family members said Jaz-mine, an only child, had moved into the home with her grandmother after moving from Oklahoma City. Those same family members said they, too, were told that the toddler drowned in a bathtub at the home.

The Associated Press contributed to this report