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Originally published Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 7:06 PM

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Mother jailed after child found in car dies

A 35-year-old woman is in jail after her sick toddler, found in a parked car on the Tulalip Indian Reservation, died Monday.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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A 35-year-old woman is in jail after one of her two sick children died after being found Monday in a parked car on the Tulalip Reservation.

The woman is being held on two counts of investigation of child endangerment and failure to care for a dependent person as well as driving with a suspended license, according to Snohomish County Jail records.

Charges have not been filed against the Snohomish County woman, said federal prosecutor Tate London, who will be handling the case because it occurred on tribal trust lands.

According to Tulalip police Chief Rance Sutten, the woman called for help at 4:47 p.m. Monday when she found her 18-month-old child "unresponsive" in the car parked the 1000 block of Marine Drive

Medics said the toddler was unresponsive when they arrived and her 3-year-old sister was also ill. Both children were taken to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett.

Sutten would not elaborate on the circumstances of the child's death or say whether the children had been left alone in the car. "There are still a lot of questions about what happened," he said.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office did not release the child's name or cause of death Tuesday. But Chris Case, a spokeswoman for the state's Child Protective Services, identified the deceased child as 18-month-old Chantel Craig.

Case declined to provide additional information other than to say that an investigation into Chantel's welfare had recently been closed by the state, she said. KING 5 reported that the woman's car had been parked outside a "dilapidated" home that neighbors described as a drug house.

But Sutten said he did not have evidence that drugs or alcohol were involved in the case.

Christine Clarridge: 206-464-8983 or cclarridge@seattletimes.com.

Seattle Times researcher Miyoko Wolf contributed to this report, which includes information from The Associated Press.

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