Mesa County, Colo. -- Deputies arrested Isaac Paul Ortiz, 21, of Grand Junction this evening in connection with the death of 2-year-old, Lyla Blackwood. Deputies and medical personnel with the Grand Junction Fire Department were called to the home of Ortiz and Blackwood's mother, on the night of July 29, 2015, for the child. She was reported unresponsive and rushed to a local hospital where she was pronounced deceased.
Toddler's Death Ruled Homicide
Dr. Dean Havlik, the Mesa County Coroner, conducted an autopsy, and today ruled Blackwood's death a homicide from blunt force injuries of the head and neck. Investigators obtained a no bond warrant for Ortiz's arrest on one count each of child abuse resulting in death (class 2 felony) and murder in the second degree (class 2 felony).
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