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Stockton police arrest man in toddler's death

STOCKTON, CA - Stockton police have arrested a man in connection with the death of a 2-year-old girl early Wednesday morning.

Demetrius Anderson, 23, was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on suspicion of homicide and child abuse following the death of Renee Potter. 

Stockton police spokesman Pete Smith said obvious injuries to the child led to the arrest.

Detectives secured the unit in the Elmwood Garden Apartments on Elmwood Ave. until a search warrant arrived in the early afternoon.

The toddler's mother, identified by neighbors as Tangier Arias, 23, is Anderson's girlfriend.

The couple and the child had recently moved in with Anderson's father, Horace, according to neighbors.

Horace Anderson said he was unaware of any trouble until he was awakened by the emergency response.

"My son called 911," said Horace Anderson, who appeared shocked when told by News10 that his son had been arrested for murder.

Smith said the toddler was initially taken to a local hospital before being airlifted to the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento where she died.

In addition to the charges relating to the death of the toddler, jail records indicate Anderson also faces a separate charge of domestic battery stemming from an earlier incident.

by George Warren, GWarren@news10.net


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