Newly obtained court documents revealed that the Sonora Police Department didn’t learn about the death of 23-month-old Koltyn Sparks-Blackwood until 9 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2019, more than five hours after the toddler took his final breath at UC Davis Medical Center.

Sonora Police Sgt. Curtis Hankins received a call that night from a Stanislaus County Sheriff’s detective who was investigating the death of the boy as a possible homicide, according to a criminal search warrant on file at Tuolumne County Superior Court.

The document, which is a public record, stated Koltyn died at 3:34 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2019, after being flown to UC Davis Medical Center from Adventist Health Sonora, where he was initially admitted shortly after midnight that same day.

According to the document, a doctor at UC Davis Medical Center reported seeing injuries on Koltyn that were consistent with child abuse and notified Stanislaus County authorities because the boy’s mother, Nicole Sparks, lived in Waterford.

Read all the details of the investigation in Alex MacLean's story in the Jan. 16 Union Democrat. 

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