Toddler dies after being found unresponsive at park in Palmdale

Toddler dies after being found unresponsive at park in Palmdale

Authorities are investigating after a toddler found at a Palmdale park was pronounced dead Wednesday.

Deputies responded to an unresponsive child at Melville J. Courson Park located at 38226 10th St East shortly before 9 a.m., according to the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.


The child is reportedly a 3-year-old boy, according to neighbors who knew him. 

The boy was found at a playground by arriving deputies. He was rushed to the Antelope Valley Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Neighbors said the child lives in an apartment complex across the street from the park.

“My boyfriend woke me up this morning and told me that a little boy had passed out at the park and stopped breathing,” said Destiny Tibbs, the boy’s neighbor. “The police who came knocking at my door asked if we had cameras and if we saw anything but we told them no. He was really devastated and I am too because that’s really sad. It’s a 3-year-old boy.”

The child was rushed to a local hospital where he was prnounced dead on May 22, 2024. (Don Luis Meza)
A young boy was found dead at a playground at Courson Park in Palmdale on May 22, 2024. (Don Luis Meza)
Homicide detectives investigating after a young boy was found dead at a playground at Courson Park in Palmdale on May 22, 2024. (Don Luis Meza)
The apartment complex across the street where the boy reportedly lived. (KTLA)
Homicide detectives investigating after a young boy was found dead at a playground at Courson Park in Palmdale on May 22, 2024. (Don Luis Meza)
Homicide detectives investigating after a young boy was found dead at a playground at Courson Park in Palmdale on May 22, 2024. (KTLA)
A young boy was found dead at a playground at Courson Park in Palmdale on May 22, 2024. (Don Luis Meza)
A young boy was found dead at a playground at Courson Park in Palmdale on May 22, 2024. (Don Luis Meza)
A young boy was found dead at a playground at Courson Park in Palmdale on May 22, 2024. (Don Luis Meza)
A young boy was found dead at a playground at Courson Park in Palmdale on May 22, 2024. (Don Luis Meza)

Tibbs said authorities believed something may have happened to the child inside his home before his death. 

Homicide detectives were seen investigating the playground and the boy’s residence. The playground was cordoned off by crime scene tape as law enforcement surrounded the park.

The child’s cause of death remains unclear. His identity was not released and no arrests have been made yet. 

Neighbors in the area were distraught and told KTLA that the park and surrounding areas are known for drug activity.

This developing story will be updated.

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