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Washington County Couple Arrested In California After Toddler Found Dead In Car

30 June 2017

A couple from Arkansas, believed to have been living out of their vehicle in California, is behind bars after a toddler was found dead in their back seat.

The toddler, whose age has not been released by police, was found under a stack of blankets in a white SUV in Rancho Cordova - about 15 miles east of Sacramento - on Wednesday afternoon.

Phakhin and Smith were arrested for child endangerment and conspiracy, and booked at the Sacramento County Main Jail.

Authorities stated they believe the couple arrived in California in February 2017.

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A man and women are under investigation for a child's death in an incident that occurred after authorities noticed a SUV parked the wrong way in Rancho Cordova, California, on Wednesday. Two people, a man and woman, were around the truck.

Phakhin and Smith were being held on $1 million bail each and are scheduled to be arraigned in Sacramento Superior Court on Friday.

The child was pronounced deceased at the scene. - Detectives are investigating the death of a toddler found in the back of an SUV, reports CBS Sacramento.

Phakhin is the biological mother of the toddler, and Smith is Phakhin's boyfriend.

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There were no signs of trauma, deputies said.

After determining they owned the vehicle, a records check was performed, which revealed an outstanding warrant for Smith in Arkansas, according to the statement.

Officials say the male and female adults were detained and are being questioned by detectives.

The girl's cause of death will be determined by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office, which could lead to additional charges for the couple.

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Washington County Couple Arrested In California After Toddler Found Dead In Car