CHOWCHILLA, California - Chowchilla police are investigating the murder of a child.
On Monday, March 12 just before 10p.m. Chowchilla police were contacted by the Madera Police Department to investigate a possible drowning in Chowchilla.
Through their investigation it was determined that the child did not drown but was a victim of abuse. Police say the death of the 2-year-old child was ruled a homicide.
Police say the suspect called emergency medical services and told them he was on the way to the hospital with a drowning victim. Once officials asked for his location so an ambulance could meet him to render aid, police believe the suspect pulled over to a gas station in Madera, left the unresponsive child along with two other minors in the car and fled.
Chowchilla police were able to locate and arrest 39 year old Cornell Jackson on Felony Torture, Felony Murder, Felony Assault of a Child causing Death, and possession of Methamphetamine a misdemeanor.
A second suspect, Jackson's girlfriend, 35 year old Monica Meza was contacted and later arrested for Felony Child Endangerment.
Police say two suspects arrested are not the parents of the 2-year-old child.
The two other children in the car were turned over to the Madera County Child Protective Services.