Calgary police investigate the homicide of baby Sarvia Elizabeth Velasquez

The Calgary Police Service and Office of the Chief Medical Examiner have classified the 2010 death of a local toddler as a homicide.

In the early morning hours of Sunday, May 2, 2010, police attended a home in the 900 block of 44 Street S.E., for reports of a 14-month-old girl in medical distress.

The child, Sarvia Elizabeth VELASQUEZ, was transported to the Alberta Children’s Hospital where further attempts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful.

An autopsy conducted the next day by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner was inconclusive and further tests were needed to determine what caused Sarvia’s death. The cause of death investigation was assisted by members of the CPS Homicide Unit and Forensic Crimes Scenes Unit.

In an autopsy report released to investigators in December 2010, the cause of death was identified as asphyxia and found to be non-accidental. The manner of death has now been classified as a homicide.

The Homicide Unit has been involved in this death investigation since the beginning and will continue to pursue a resolution to this tragic event.

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