Sheriff McDonnell Announces Arrest in Connection With Death of 10yr old Lancaster Boy Anthony Avalos


On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at approximately 12:00pm, Lancaster Station deputies responded to an apartment complex in the 1100 block of East Avenue K in the city of Lancaster regarding a medical rescue call of a ten year old boy not breathing Upon arrival, the victim was discovered in his family's apartment unresponsive. The victim was reported by family members to have suffered injuries from a fall. He was transported to a nearby hospital. Investigators from our Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau and Homicide Bureau immediately responded and began their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident. Detectives worked with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to remove eight children, ranging from 11 months to twelve years old, who either lived at the home, or were associated with the victim's family. They were placed in the custody of DCFS. Detectives also conducted multiple interviews with all persons associated with this case. They examined all the Sheriff’s and DCFS documents, both historical and current, as it related to 10- year-old Anthony Avalos and his family. Although Anthony survived through the night, tragically, he succ