Death of Stockton toddler in Pleasanton now considered homicide

31-year-old Donte Revels
31-year-old Donte Revels

PLEASANTON (BCN) — The death of a 2-year-old Stockton boy who was brought by several family members to a hospital in Pleasanton on Friday has now been reclassified as a homicide and authorities are seeking his stepfather as a person of interest, police said Thursday.

Police want to talk to 31-year-old Donte Revels of Stockton but haven’t yet been able to find him.

The Pleasanton Police Department initiated the investigation into the 2-year-old’s death at the hospital and detectives there initially believed the incident in which the boy might have been hurt may have occurred in Oakland, Stockton police spokesman Officer Joe Silva said.

Oakland police then investigated whether the boy’s injuries had happened in their city and responded to the 2300 block of East 17th Street at 1:45 p.m. Friday to investigate.

However, by Saturday investigators concluded the boy had been injured in Stockton, where his family lives in the 2500 block of Diamond Oaks Street, Silva said. Stockton police responded to investigate and recovered the boy’s body from the hospital.

Police initially classified the boy’s death as suspicious but based on preliminary autopsy results the death is now classified as a homicide, Silva said.

However, Silva didn’t disclose the boy’s cause of death.

The boy’s name was not immediately available from the San Joaquin County coroner’s office.

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