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Wednesday June 27th, 2018 :: 08:09 p.m. PDT

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#LASD Sheriff McDonnell Announces Arrest in Connection With Death of 10yr old Lancaster Boy Anthony Avalos

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On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at approximately 12:00pm, Lancaster Station deputies responded to an apartment complex in the 1100 block of East Avenue K in the city of Lancaster regarding a medical rescue call of a ten year old boy not breathing

Upon arrival, the victim was discovered in his family's apartment unresponsive.  The victim was reported by family members to have suffered injuries from a fall.  He was transported to a nearby hospital.
 
Investigators from our Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau and Homicide Bureau immediately responded and began their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Detectives worked with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to remove eight children, ranging from 11 months to twelve years old, who either lived at the home, or were associated with the victim's family.  They were placed in the custody of DCFS.
 
Detectives also conducted multiple interviews with all persons associated with this case.  They examined all the Sheriff’s and DCFS documents, both historical and current, as it related to 10- year-old Anthony Avalos and his family.  

Although Anthony survived through the night, tragically, he succumbed to his injuries at 6:30 AM the following day.  As the investigation continued, Detectives interviewed Anthony’s Mother’s boyfriend, 32-year-old Kareem Leiva at Lancaster Station on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

During the course of their interview, Suspect Leiva made statements that led investigators to arrest him for the murder of Anthony Avalos.  

During the interview investigators realized that Suspect Leiva had suffered prior medical injuries that required medical attention
Suspect Leiva will be booked at Lancaster Station with a 2 million dollar bail after he is medically cleared.

Homicide Bureau and Special Victims Bureau are working closely with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Complex Child Abuse Unit and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

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Dangelo Robinson Deputy
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Jim McDonnell, Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department


ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE IS A FOLLOWS

Sheriff's Homicide Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a ten year old boy in Lancaster.
 
Investigators have learned on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at approximately 12:00 PM, Lancaster Station deputies responded to an apartment complex in the 1100 block of East Avenue K in the city of Lancaster regarding a medical rescue call of a ten year old boy not breathing.   Upon arrival, the victim was discovered in his family's apartment unresponsive. The victim was reported to have suffered injuries from a fall.  He was transported to a nearby hospital. 
 
Although the victim survived through the night, tragically, he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 6:30 AM.
 
This investigation is being conducted jointly with Sheriff's Homicide Bureau and Special Victims Bureau.  The death is considered suspicious and the cause will be investigated by the Coroner's office.
 
This is an active investigation and no arrests have been made.  Seven children, ranging from 11 months to twelve years old, who either lived at the home, or were associated with the victim's family have been removed from the home pending further investigation. 

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org
 

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Jim McDonnell, Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Original Release Below 
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DATE: 
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
 
TIME:  12:16 p.m.
 
LOCATION:  1100 block of East Avenue K, Lancaster
 
VICTIM/PATIENT: Male Child
 
UNIT:  Homicide Bureau – Lieutenant Alfred
 
NARRATIVE:
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Homicide detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding an injured child. The incident was reported Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at approximately 12:16 p.m., on the 1100 block of East Avenue K, Lancaster.  

The child was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

The investigation is still ongoing. No arrests have been made.                                           
 
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org
 
Written by:
Deputy Trina Schrader
Sheriff’s Information Bureau – Newsroom
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
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Jim McDonnell, Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
 
 

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