Deaths of Mom, Toddler in South L.A. Fire Investigated as Homicides

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The deaths of a mother and her young son in a fire in South Los Angeles last week were being investigated as homicides, police said Monday.


A mother and her 19-month-old son died in a fire at a South L.A. residence on March 5, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The fire was reported around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in a converted garage in the 170 block of East 50th Street, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

When fire crews entered the residence they found a 19-month-old boy identified by the coroner’s office as Dillan Reyes.

The boy was taken to the hospital, but did not survive, LAFD Deputy Chief Joseph Castro said.

Firefighters also discovered the body of his mother inside the residence. Her name was not released.

The exact cause of death was not released for either victim, pending further investigation, according to Ed Winter, Assistant Chief Investigations for the L.A. County Coroner’s Office.