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Police in California search for family after child is found dead

By the CNN Wire Staff
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Family sought after child found dead
  • Bakersfield police found a dead 3-year-old at the family's residence Sunday morning
  • Alberto and Carla Garcia are wanted for felony child endangerment
  • Three additional children are believed to be with them

(CNN) -- Police in southern California are on the hunt for a missing family of five they believe are connected to the suspicious death of a child found Sunday in their home, an officer told CNN Monday.

The Bakersfield Police Department found a 3-year-old girl dead and a 4-year-old boy sleeping in the home at 9 a.m. on Sunday after responding to a call from the children's aunt, the department said in a news release.

Police want to question Alberto Garcia, 26, and Carla Garcia, 26, about the child's death and check on the well-being of three children believed to be accompanying them, the release said. The children were identified as Carlos Joe Solvalvarro, 10, Crystal Garcia, 5, and Alberto Garcia Jr. 4.

Solvalvarro's father of the same name is worried about his child's safety with his mother and stepfather. Solvalverro told CNN affiliate KBAK that he's had tiffs with the stepfather in the past and his ex is short-tempered.

"The father just likes to pick on smaller people than him," he told KBAK.

The adults are wanted for felony child endangerment.

Lieutenant Rene Chow told CNN that the investigation is ongoing and declined to provide further details.

The family drives a white 1997 Ford Expedition. Bakersfield police ask anyone with information about the family's whereabouts to call them at 661-327-7111.

CNN's Rick Martin contributed to this report.