Vallejo tot dies after object jammed down throat; teen faces charges
(12-19) 17:21 PST VALLEJO - An 18-month-old Vallejo girl who was rushed to the hospital last week after an object was jammed down her throat died today of her injuries, which means the 16-year-old boy accused of attacking her will now face a murder charge, investigators said.
Vallejo police Lt. Rick Nichelman said the object had been inserted into Tania Rose's mouth deliberately, but investigators have not yet figured out why.
"This was not as a result of play," he said. "We're still trying to determine what exactly took place." He would not say what the object was.
The teenage suspect was living with Tania and her 19-year-old mother in an apartment on Carolina Street. Investigators are trying to determine if he was the girl's father, Nichelman said.
The boy is being held at Solano County Juvenile Hall on suspicion of homicide and child abuse. His name has not been released because of his age.
Paramedics received a report the evening of Dec. 12 that a child had stopped breathing, and when they got to Tania's apartment they found her unconscious. They removed the object from her throat and took her to a local hospital.
She was then transferred to Kaiser Medical Center in Oakland, where she stayed on life support until dying today, authorities said.