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Ezekiel Messiah Dozier

Ezekiel Messiah Dozier, a 5-month-old black baby, died March 9, 2017, after suffering head trauma and having been shaken in the 400 block of Madison Avenue in Pomona, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Pomona police responded about 7 p.m. March 5 to a house where Dozier’s grandmother had called 911, saying the baby was unresponsive. Police found the boy was barely breathing on his own, Sgt. Brian Hagerty said. 

Paramedics transported Ezekiel to a hospital, where doctors determined he was suffering from shaken baby syndrome as well as head trauma. The boy died four days later, at 12:27 p.m. March 9, according to coroner’s records. Ezekiel had a twin sister, who was not harmed, Hagerty said.

Detectives discovered the twins had been left in the care of their father, Brandon Dozier, while their mother was on vacation, Hagerty said. 

Investigators interviewed Dozier several days after Ezekiel’s death and arrested him. Dozier was charged with murder March 16 in connection with his son’s death and is scheduled to return to court July 31. 

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