A homicide is under investigation in New Tampa after police said a mother was found dead next to a vehicle with a sleeping toddler inside.
Shortly after 10 PM on Monday, Tampa Police officers were called to the 10700 block of Pictorial Park Dr inside of the Easton Park subdivision in New Tampa for a female discovered lying on the ground on a residential street.
Officers arrived to find a sleeping male toddler seated in a car seat in the back of a Ford EcoSport SUV and his mother, an adult woman in her 20s, deceased next to the vehicle with upper body trauma. The child was unharmed.
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Homicide detectives are actively investigating the incident and speaking with neighbors. The deceased does not appear to reside in the neighborhood.
“This is a complete tragedy,” Crystal Clark, Dir. of Communications for Tampa Police, said. “We have a child who is very young, under the age of two, who’s now going to grow up without a mother because of this incident. The best thing we can do for this family right now is find a way to provide them with some sort of justice — and that requires people to come forward.”
Detectives are asking anyone with information to contact TPD at 813-231-6130 or share a tip through TIP411, accessible through the TampaPD app.
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