Ellensburg Police: 5-Year-Old Did Not Die From Natural Causes
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: On December 18th, 2010 the Ellensburg Police Department opened an investigation regarding the death of 5 month old Melissa Sevilla-Lua. Melissa had been taken to Kittitas Valley Community Hospital with breathing difficulties and later transported to Children's Hospital in Seattle where she was pronounced dead.
The King County Medical Examiner's Office performed an autopsy with preliminary findings indicating Melissa did not die from natural causes. On March 7, 2011 we received the King County Medical Examiner's report which stated Melissa's death was ruled homicide. Her injuries included severe brain trauma as well as a broken right leg.
Ellensburg Police Department Detectives have been treating Melissa's death as a homicide since the preliminary autopsy findings. Based on the Medical Examiner's report and the information obtained during the investigation Detectives believe the suspect caused Melissa's fatal injury within days of her being taken to KVCH. It's also believed the suspect is someone who would have been providing primary care for her during this time.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact the Ellensburg Police Department's Detective Division at 962-7280.
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