Roseville police arrest mother for homicide and child abuse following death of her 9-year-old son

Investigators arrested a 37-year-old mother Wednesday on charges of homicide and child abuse in connection with the death of her 9-year-old son, who died at the hospital days after being found unresponsive at the family’s Roseville home.

Officers and firefighters responded to a call for medical help at a home on New England Drive, just east of Sunrise Boulevard, on Friday. Officers found the 9-year-old boy unconscious, said Lt. Chris Ciampa, a spokesman for the Roseville Police Department.

Ciampa said the boy, “despite considerable efforts,” did not recover and was pronounced dead Monday at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

Roseville Police detectives, in conjunction with the Placer County Children’s Health System, investigated the boy’s death. Wednesday morning, investigators arrested the boy’s mother, Kimberly Blakley. She was booked into the Placer County Jail.

Ciampa said the boy’s cause of death has not been confirmed by the Placer County coroner’s office, which is standard protocol and takes time. He said the boy’s siblings are in protective custody as the homicide investigation continues.

“Our thoughts are with them during this difficult time,” Ciampa said of the boy’s siblings.

Police have not released further details about the investigation. Ciampa said the child’s death “was a devastating incident, and our hearts go out to the family and friends affected by this tragedy.”

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