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Two arrested after police investigate suspicious death of 9-year-old

Two arrested after investigation
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Posted at 7:39 PM, Mar 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-25 21:45:06-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The Tucson Police Department arrested two women while investigating the suspicious death of a 9-year-old.

Both women face child abuse charges after failing to get medical care for a 9-year-old who was desperately ill.

According to officers, it happened at the Lakeside Casitas near East Golf Links Roads at 2:30 p.m. March 22.

Tucson Fire alerted Tucson police about the child, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Police investigated the family's living conditions.

On Friday, police confirmed that they arrested the child's mother, 38-year-old Sandra Marie Kraykovich, and her 64-year-old grandmother, Elizabeth Ann Kraykovich, while investigating the death.

Both were booked into Pima County Jail.

No bond was set for Elizabeth Ann Kraykovich. Sandra Marie Kraykovich was held on a $50,000 bond, according to court documents.

Court documents state both the mother and grandmother knew the child was ill for about two weeks before the child died and that the child had difficulty walking, breathing and had been vomiting.

Investigators examining the child’s body say they found what they described as an enormous amount of lice in her hair.

Investigators report a text from Elizabeth Kraykovich to her daughter Sandra saying she was afraid to take the child for emergency care because of the lice in the child’s hair.

The report says the family had recently moved to Tucson and was facing eviction.

Two other children in the house also had lice infestation. They have been placed with other family members.

KGUN 9 first learned about the death Thursday.

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