HICKMAN, CA (KXTV) - A 41-year-old Ceres, California father is under arrest after his 8-month-old daughter died after being found unresponsive in the family car.
Suspect Dale Rutherford, his four children, ages 4, 3, 2, and 8 months, and their mother had been sleeping in their Mercury Grand Marquis for the last two months, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department.
The mother called for help a little after 9 a.m. Sunday when her baby daughter couldn't be revived. First responders picked up the child on the 500 block of Hickman Road and transported her to Oak Valley Hospital. She was pronounced dead there.
Investigating sheriff's personnel were told by the mother that Rutherford had been abusive toward her and the children during their ordeal.
Investigators said they found evidence to support the mother's claims and Rutherford was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and child abuse.
Hickman is located about 14 miles east of Modesto.