Detectives investigate mother accused of killing newborn son

Deputies arrested 24-year-old Tracy Rodriguez on Tuesday

TERRA BELLA, Calif. - In the South Valley, a one-month-old boy is dead and his mother his suspected of killing him. Tulare County Sheriff's deputies arrested 24-year-old Tracy Rodriguez in Terra Bella. She is now facing charges in the death of her son.

After being interviewed for several hours, Tracy Rodriguez is now locked up at the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility. Investigators believe she is responsible for the first homicide of the year in the small town of Terra Bella.

On a quiet road with just a handful of properties, authorities discovered the body of a one-month-old boy, unresponsive in a home on the corner of Road 248 and Avenue 72 late Saturday night. Deputies tried CPR but medics confirmed the baby's death at the scene.

"There were some things that looked unusual so coroner unit was called out and responded and our violent crimes unit eventually responded as well," said Captain Larry Micari.

Micari says there were several people, including the baby's mother at the home when deputies arrived. Now the mother, 24-year-old Tracy Rodriguez is accused of killing her newborn.

"There was trauma that identified as the cause of death," said Micari.

Blunt force trauma, determined by the coroner's autopsy. Hector Jimenez says his brother owns the home and rented a room to Rodriguez. He says the suspect and his brother were friends but that's all he knows about their relationship. Jimenez also says he's saw Rodriguez around the house recently and she seemed like a good person, days before deputies arrested her as detectives try to piece together what happened to an innocent baby.

"When it's a little one, it's such an innocence lost. It's very devastating and we want to do everything we can to do what we can to help that child."

This is Tulare County's ninth homicide of the year. If you have any information on this case, you're urged to contact the Sheriff's Office.

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