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Mother arrested in 18-month-old's death in Alpine

Posted at 8:13 PM, Dec 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-13 02:15:42-05

The mother of an Alpine child child found dead at home has been arrested, one week after the child's death, the San Diego Sheriff's Department announced Monday. 

Lilly Brown was taken into custody at around 6:00 p.m. Monday in connection with the death of her daughter, 18-month-old Leah Brown-Meza. 

The child's cause of death was multiple blunt force trauma, according to the county Medical Examiner's Office. She was found dead on Tuesday, December 6 at a home in the 300 block of Hunter Lane in Alpine and a homicide investigation was launched due to the nature of the child's injuries. Fire crews had responded to the home on a report that a female child was not breathing.

According to sheriff's officials, the child was inside a motorhome that was parked on the property. Attempts to revive the girl through CPR were not successful, and the child was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lilly Brown will be booked into the Las Colinas Woman's Detention and Reentry Facility on three counts of willful cruelty to a child with great bodily injury and/or death. 

The 21-year-old's boyfriend, Wiliey Foster, was arrested last Friday in connection the death of the child, he is facing a murder charge. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the San Diego Sheriff's Department's Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321. You can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.