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Roy toddler may have been strangled, search warrant states

Roy police are investigating the death of a 20-month-old girl as a child abuse homicide.
Roy police are investigating the death of a 20-month-old girl as a child abuse homicide.
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ROY — Police are investigating the death of a 20-month-old girl as a child abuse homicide.

On Oct. 12, emergency personnel were called to the home of Genisis McCall, 4995 S. 3100 West in Roy, where the child was not breathing and unresponsive after allegedly falling the day before, according to a search warrant affidavit unsealed Tuesday in 2nd District Court.

But emergency responders on scene "did not believe that the injuries were consistent with that story," the warrant states.

Genisis was taken to Primary Children's Hospital where doctors told Roy police "that Genesis had bruising and bite marks on her cheeks and a horizontal bruise on her buttocks. She has bruising on her neck that appears to be a result of strangulation," according to the affidavit. "(Doctors) advised that the injures to Genesis are non-accidental trauma."

Genesis died from her injuries. Roy police returned to her home to serve a search warrant. The warrant included a collection of DNA samples — hair, blood, fingernail clippings — from the girl's 24-year-old mother, the mother's 22-year-old boyfriend and the mother's 58-year-old foster father. The mother also has a 3-year-old son.

The boyfriend told police that Genisis had fallen the night before, the warrant states. The next day, Genisis' brother told the boyfriend that "something was wrong with Genesis," the warrant states. "(The boyfriend) picked her up and found that she was unresponsive."

The boyfriend said he told Genisis' mother about the fall, but the mother told police she could not see any visible injuries on her.

As of Wednesday, no one had been arrested or charged in connection with the death.

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