Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Ben Ramirez
File # Y222510044
On September 13, 2022, around 7:00 p.m., the Major Crimes Unit (MCU) and Central Homicide Unit (CHU) served a search warrant in the 51500 block of Date St., Coachella. During the service of the warrant, the mother of the five-year-old victim in this case was arrested. The mother was identified as Vanessa Rangel, a 37-year-old resident of Coachella. A second suspect, identified as Hilaria Rangel, a 55-year-old resident of Coachella, was also arrested at a separate location in Coachella. Hilaria Rangel is the maternal grandmother of the victim. Both suspects were arrested for child abuse resulting in great bodily injury and death and booked at the John Benoit Detention Center.
The investigation is currently on-going and no further information will be released at this time. If anyone has information regarding this investigation, they are encouraged to call Investigator Lopez at the Thermal Station at 760-863-8990 or Investigator Alfaro at the Central Homicide Unit at 760-393-3528.
On September 8, 2022, at about 7:53 p.m., deputies assigned to the Thermal Sheriff’s Station were dispatched to a juvenile medical aid at a residence in the 50400 block of S. Kenmore St., Coachella. Upon arrival, family members directed deputies to a child not breathing. Deputies and Cal Fire medics performed life-saving measures, but the child died at the scene. The residence was secured, and the Thermal Station Investigations Bureau began the investigation. Due to the circumstances of the death, the Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation.
The identity of the deceased child will not be released. The investigation is currently on-going and no further information will be released at this time. If anyone has information regarding this investigation, they are encouraged to call Investigator Lopez at the Thermal Station at 760-863-8990 or Investigator Alfaro with the Central Homicide Unit at 760-393-3528.
Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's Homicide Tipline online form.
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