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Josiah Ray Williams, 1

Josiah Ray Williams, a 1-year-old black baby, died April 16, 2015, after he sustained blunt force trauma 9000 block of Sepulveda Boulevard in Westchester, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

About noon on April 12, paramedics responded to call about an unconscious child at an urgent care center and reported that Josiah had shallow breathing and bruising on his body.

Paramedics took Josiah to the hospital where doctors determined that Josiah's injuries were non-accidental. Days later, Josiah was pronounced dead, according to coroner’s records.

That evening, police and doctors questioned Josiah's parents. His mother said that two weeks earlier, Josiah had fallen on his head at a park and hit a metal crate. According to the mother, the baby was taken to the hospital and released.

The father said he picked up Josiah on April 10 from the mother and everything was fine. However, when he took the child back the next day, he said, Josiah did not want to return to his mother. The mother said Josiah was fine when his father picked him up but was acting strange and breathing hard when he returned, the mother said.

No arrests were made, according to an Inglewood Police Department spokesman.

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