The Yolo County Coroner's Office on Friday identified the 5-year-old girl found in the trunk of her mother's car in Sacramento's Pocket neighborhood as Tatianna Garcia of Davis.
The girl's mother has been arrested in connection with her death and will be prosecuted in Yolo County, according to authorities.
The preliminary investigation has revealed indications the girl was injured at the home she shared with her mother, Aquelin Talamantes, in the Yolo County city of Davis. Police suspect the woman then put the girl in the trunk and brought her to Sacramento, where she was discovered clinging to life, said Sacramento police Officer Doug Morse.
The girl later died at a hospital. Police questioned Talamantes, 29, and then arrested her on suspicion of murder later that night.
Sacramento police began the initial investigation after concerned family members called to say Talamantes had arrived in Sacramento without her daughter, who she had been seen with earlier in the day, Morse said.
Officers went to an apartment complex on the 7900 block of Pocket Road and contacted Talamantes. They soon found the girl's body in the trunk of her mother's car, Morse said.
The investigation led police to Talamantes' home on the 5100 block of Glide Drive in Davis. As suspicions developed that that home was the primary crime scene, Davis police assumed the lead role in the investigation, Morse said.
Aquelin was booked into the Yolo County Main Jail, where she is being held without bail. She is scheduled to be arraigned Monday at 1:30 p.m.
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