According to authorities, the hazmat team investing the white substance concluded it was a non-toxic baby powder.
Authorities found an unconscious woman and her two small children in a Los Angeles parking lot on Thursday, covered in white powder. The youngest child, a baby girl, later died.
Los Angeles Times reports that around 1:45 a.m. on early Thursday morning, police responded to a call regarding a screaming woman on San Pedro and 23rd St. When they arrived, they discovered a woman, her 8-year-old daughter, and a 1 to 2-month old baby, all covered in a white powdery substance. The woman, assumed to be around 26 or 27 years old, was lying unconscious in a parking lot behind a business. Her children, also unconscious, were found lying beside her.
Authorities rushed the family to a local hospital. While the woman is now in stable condition, the 8-year-old girl was listed in stable condition. The baby did not make it, but it’s still unclear what caused the death.
According to Sunhee Chung, a woman who manages a nearby liquor store, the mom and her children were in the parking lot on Wednesday night, all naked and covered in white powder. The woman stood on the corner breastfeeding the infant. Shortly after, the woman reportedly began walking car to car, trying to open the doors on each vehicle.
Johnett Green, a neighbor, told police she saw the woman arguing with her boyfriend earlier that night. She indicated that the boyfriend would often scream and curse at her, and once broke a window looking for her. Green said the woman appeared to be sober.
“That’s why I’m very amazed and wondering how in the hell this could happen,” Green said.
Officers reported responding to a deadly assault threat earlier that night at the home where it the woman is said to live. LAPD Lt. Chris Ramirez noted white powder in one of the rooms, but with no evidence of a crime, they left.
CBS LA reports that a hazmat team is currently processing the white powder to determine what it is.
The woman and her children had no signs of external injuries.
The story is still developing. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: Screenshot/CBS LA]