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Source: MEGA

Mar. 4 2021, Updated 9:39 a.m. ET

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At the height of the winter storm’s impacts in Texas a toddler suffered a medical emergency, police are now saying they are treating the death as a homicide. 

Initially, police thought that the child, Isabella Rio, was having a medical emergency due to the winter storms that were passing through Austin on Feb. 15, according to Austin police.

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 However, medical staff gave the police information that led the Austin Police Department’s Child Abuse Unit to begin investigating the case on Feb. 16, two days before the child died at the hospital on Feb. 18.

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The Travis County Medical Examiner has conducted an autopsy. While detectives are waiting on the final results, they do consider the death suspicious.

Based on the evidence they’ve collected, police say they’re investigating the incident as a homicide.

Police have not named a suspect in the case or made any arrests. They also have not said how the toddler died or why they consider the death suspicious.

Detectives are seeking anyone with information or video of the incident. People with information can call the APD Child Abuse Unit at (512) 974-6880, email You can also call the Crime Stoppers tip line at (512) 472-8477 or use their app. You can remain anonymous, and any information that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.


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