Death investigation continuing after Menifee minor found dead inside home

MENIFEE, Calif. — Although few details have been released, authorities today confirmed an unattended death investigation is continuing after a child was found deceased inside a Menifee home Thursday morning, July 8.

Officials were alerted to the death when a person at home in the 30500 block of Pine Creek Drive called 911 and reported finding the minor unresponsive inside the residence.


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City of Menifee police and fire personnel who responded to the home at around 10:54 a.m. determined the victim had already passed away and pronounced the child deceased at the location, Menifee Police Investigations Lieutenant Denise Keith later reported.

Officers secured the home as a potential crime scene and department detectives and crime scene investigators, along with Riverside County Coroner, responded to the location and assumed the investigation.

Officials declined to provide any details related to the victim or their age and have said the child’s cause of death remains under investigation.

Investigators determined there is no danger to the community and Menifee Police Chief Walsh has asked the community to please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information becomes available.

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Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.