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Woman Died While Feeding Infant Son, Who Died Choking On Food, Police Say
A woman and her 1-year-old son were found dead in a Hollywood apartment yesterday, along with a 2-year-old boy who had survived on his own for two days. Officers responded to the apartment in the 1600 block of North Fuller Avenue in Hollywood at about 3 p.m. after a man called police saying that he couldn't get a hold of his neighbor, who had been sick recently, and that he heard her son crying from inside her apartment. Police forced their way into the second-floor unit to find a woman in her 40s and a 1-year-old boy dead, as well as a 2-year-old boy who was alive, but suffering from dehydration, KTLA reports.
A friend of the woman's identified her as Erika Tomassian, an Australian woman who had moved to Los Angeles five years ago. Investigators believe Tomassian, who had recently come down with and been treated for bronchitis, may have collapsed due to complications from the illness while feeding the younger boy, who was found strapped into a high chair. The boy then choked on the food and died after Tomassian collapsed. Police say the pair had been deceased for two days before being found, leaving the 2-year-old on his own.
Estela Avendano, Tomassian's neighbor, told KTLA that Tomassian had adopted the two boys and that they were brothers named Michael, 1, and Nathan, 2.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.