Police investigators collect evidence on Thursday night from a home on Glide Drive where they believe a 5-year-old girl was murdered earlier in the day. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

Crime, Fire + Courts

Mother arrested after girl, 5, found dead in car trunk

By From page A1 | September 27, 2013

A 5-year-old girl found lifeless in the trunk of her mother’s car Thursday in Sacramento is believed to have been killed in Davis, authorities announced Thursday night as the investigation shifted into Yolo County.

The mother, 29-year-old Aquelin Talamantes of Davis, has been arrested on suspicion of murder, according to the Sacramento Police Department, which is working in conjunction with Davis police on the case.

A search of Talamantes’ South Davis home in the 5100 block of Glide Drive — described by police as the original homicide scene — was underway late Thursday night.

The case began unfolding shortly after 2:30 p.m. Thursday, when officers were summoned to an apartment complex in the 7900 block of Pocket Road in Sacramento after relatives requested a welfare check of Talamantes’ daughter, according to a Sacramento Police Department news release.

“Family members notified law enforcement after Talamantes drove to the city of Sacramento and arrived at a relative’s apartment without her daughter,” although both had been seen together earlier in the day in Davis, the news release said.

When they arrived at the apartment complex, officers made contact with Talamantes and, shortly thereafter, discovered the young girl unresponsive in the trunk of Talamantes’ vehicle.

Although police and bystanders administered CPR at the scene, the girl — whose name had not been released as of Thursday night — was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

Talamantes was expected to be booked into the Yolo County Jail. Her only other recent brush with the law appears to have been a traffic ticket, for which she had a scheduled court appearance back in July, according to Yolo Superior Court online records.

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact the Sacramento Police Department’s dispatch center at 916-264-5471 or Crime Alert at 916-443-HELP (4357) or in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

The case marks Davis’ second homicide investigation of the year, coming less than six months after the brutal stabbing deaths of elderly Davis couple Oliver “Chip” Northup, 87, and Claudia Maupin, whose bodies were discovered April 14 in their Cowell Boulevard condominium — just about a mile west of Talamantes’ Glide Drive home.

The suspect in the double homicide, 16-year-old Daniel William Marsh of Davis, is awaiting trial on murder charges and was due in court today for setting of a trial date.

— Reach Lauren Keene at [email protected] or 530-747-8048. Follow her on Twitter at @laurenkeene

Lauren Keene

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