The Sacramento County Coroner has released the cause and manner of death for the five-year-old girl found dead in the trunk of her mother’s car.
Officially, the cause of Tatiana Alexia Rose Garcia’s death is drowning, and the manner of her death is by homicide. On Sept. 26, police found Garcia unconscious in the back of the car near Pocket Road and West Shore Drive. First responders tried to perform CPR on Garcia, but it was already too late.
Garcia’s mother, Aquelin Talamantes, 29, was taken into custody and was later charged with murder and a felony charge of assault. According to neighbors, a fight between Talamantes and a man preceeded the child being put in the trunk. Talamantes has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Ruben Dominguez filed this report.