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Mother, live-in boyfriend arrested in death of 2-year-old

Rebecca Thomas
Rebecca Thomas Citrus Heights Police Department

The Citrus Heights mother of a 2-year-old child and her live-in boyfriend have been arrested on suspicion of killing her toddler in October.

Rebecca Thomas, 34, and Taylor Montgomery-Gutzman, 23, were arrested Wednesday by Citrus Heights police.

Police had responded to a home in the 8000 block of Auburn Boulevard about 5:30 p.m. Oct. 13. Officers found the 2-year-old not breathing. The child – who has still not been identified by the Sacramento coroner – later died at an area hospital.

Police initially said the child was a twin and that both children had existing medical conditions.

“After a thorough investigation, numerous interviews, (and) the collection and examination of evidence, it was determined the child did not die of natural causes,” the Citrus Heights Police Department announced in a news release Thursday. The release said “the mother and live-in boyfriend were responsible for the child’s death.”

Ryan Lillis: 916-321-1085, @Ryan_Lillis