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An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday on the body of a 2-month-old boy from Mission Hills who apparently stopped breathing during his first day at a day care center in North Hills, but police said foul play is not suspected.
"Detectives from LAPD's Abused Child Unit and the coroner's investigator examined the scene and the child and found no evidence of foul play," Los Angeles police Lt. Paul Vernon of the Mission Station said. "The death remains classified as 'undetermined,' pending an autopsy."
Noah Domingo's caregiver called paramedics to Kary's Daycare Center on Marklein Avenue on Monday afternoon, according to Vernon.
"The boy... did not respond to attempts to revive him after he apparently stopped breathing at the day care center, where he had been left for the first time in North Hills," Vernon said.
"Just after 5 p.m. Monday evening, the caregiver gave CPR and called paramedics immediately when she discovered the baby was not breathing as she prepared him to go home to his father," Vernon said. "Paramedics arrived, and took over resuscitation measures."
The following is a press release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department:
On January 9, 2013, Sheriff's Homicide Bureau detectives responded to Big Tujunga Canyon Road, mile marker 2.92, Angeles National Forest, regarding a hiker who reported finding an apparent shallow grave. No human remains were found at that time.
Saturday, January 19, 2013, Sheriff's Homicide detectives, along with the Montrose Search and Rescue Team, were searching the area of Big Tujunga Canyon Road, mile marker 2.72, Angeles National Forest, when they discovered human remains.
The victim has been identified as Nicolas Carter, a 25 year-old male resident of Glendale. Victim Carter was the subject of a missing persons report filed with the Glendale Police Department on January 7, 2013. The Coroner's Office has determined the cause of death was from blunt force trauma.
Sheriff's Homicide detectives are investigating the case as a homicide. There is no further information available at this time.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.
A Glendale man accused of hacking into hundreds of Facebook, Skype and email accounts, then extorting women to get them to show him their naked bodies was arrested this on federal computer hacking charges.
Karen "Gary" Kazaryan, 27, was arrested by FBI agents based on a 30- count indictment returned Friday by a federal grand jury, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Kazaryan allegedly hacked into accounts and changed passwords, locking victims out of their own online accounts. Once he controlled the accounts, he allegedly searched emails or other files for naked or semi-naked pictures of the victims, as well as other information, such as passwords and the names of their friends, federal prosecutors said.
Using that information, Kazaryan posed online as women, sent instant messages to their friends, and persuaded the friends to remove their clothing so that he could seen them and take pictures of them, according to the indictment.
When the victims discovered they were not speaking with their friends, Kazaryan often extorted them by using the photos he had fraudulently obtained to coerce the victims into removing their clothing on camera, prosecutors contend.
Kazaryan is charged with 15 counts of computer intrusion and 15 counts of aggravated identity theft.
According to a search warrant executed in 2011 and unsealed today, Kazaryan repeatedly contacted victims to demand that they expose their breasts to him on Skype. He used their email and Facebook accounts to make contact with other victims, according to the court documents.
Kazaryan allegedly posted nude photos of some victims on their Facebook pages when they refused his demands.
Investigators estimate that Kazaryan victimized more than 350 women, but they have not identified all of them.
Authorities found about 3,000 images of nude or semi-nude women -- some of which were taken from their online accounts and some of which Kazaryan created via Skype -- on Kazaryan's computer, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Anyone who believes they may have been victimized by Kazaryan was urged to call the FBI at (310) 477-6565.