Two Livermore children dead, two women in custody


Livermore police are investigating two separate suspicious child deaths that occurred in the past week resulting in the arrests of two women.

The most recent case occurred early Saturday morning, when 54-year-old Mary Downing notified police that her fiance's 23-month-old granddaughter, whom she was caring for, was unresponsive.

Officers called to the 2100 block of Percheron Road found the girl had injuries consistent with severe physical abuse, according to Livermore


The girl was taken to Children's Hospital in Oakland for treatment, but she died Monday, police said.

Downing's statement to police Saturday about how the child received her injuries seemed inconsistent with the injuries officers saw,

police said.

Downing has been arrested for murder and assault on a child with force likely to produce great bodily injury, though an autopsy is pending and

the Alameda County coroner's bureau has yet to rule the death a homicide, according to police.

The second case took place Thursday, when Livermore police were called to a home in the 1900 block of Spruce Street at about 5 a.m.

Officers found an unresponsive 2-month-old boy and administered CPR, but the child died at Valley Care Hospital, police said.

The child's mother, Jessica Adams, 24, was arrested for violating her parole by being under the influence of narcotics, according to police.

Police are calling the boy's death suspicious, but the coroner's bureau has not ruled this case a homicide and is waiting for the results of

further, post-autopsy tests.

Police said Adams is cooperating with police in the investigation.

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Posted by Shocked
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 24, 2009 at 2:59 pm

and appalled....the most helpless defenseless individuals - small children - at the hands of abuse, druggies etc.....sick just sick

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Posted by Lynne
a resident of another community
on Mar 24, 2009 at 5:41 pm

[Portion removed due to disrespectful comment or offensive language] RIP little girl.

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Posted by Livermore Resident
a resident of Mission Park
on Mar 25, 2009 at 10:32 am

These people are truely sick in the head. The man that lives there is still free and he should be arrested also. Anyone who could inflict harm on a toddler should fry.... Have fun in Jail.. Im sure they will be popular. hahahaha Enjoy evey moment of what they deserve. I actually hope I get called for Jury duty on this one.

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Posted by CofC
a resident of Lydiksen Elementary School
on Mar 25, 2009 at 10:43 am

Remember that Pleasanton is a Community of Character...and Livermore is not!!! These crimes could not take place in Pleasanton!!!

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Posted by M
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 25, 2009 at 11:15 am

You're out of your mind if you think that this couldn't take place in Pleasanton. Crazy/Sick people aren't just restricted to certain 'regions' or 'towns'. Tragedy can strike anyone, anywhere and if you think differently than you're just naive.

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Posted by J
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 25, 2009 at 11:37 am

@ CofC:
Your comments with regards to something like this not happening in Pleasanton, you have to be quite the ignorant person to think that this would'nt happen in your town.

These thing's arent related to specific town's, they can, and have, happened in pleasanton, dublin, livermore, san ramon, and so on and so on.

Just cause you dont hear it in the paper or on the internet, doesnt mean they dont happen.
Check your facts next time and dont be so shallow.

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Posted by S
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 25, 2009 at 11:38 am

@ CofC:

Although it does not show a murder rate, your oh-so-perfect town of Pleasanton, as with ANY town, does coincide with expected crime rate numbers. See for yourself:

Web Link

Next time, think twice before spouting ignorant comments on public sites.

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Posted by G. Maddson
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Mar 25, 2009 at 11:38 am

This can happen anywhere...Sick people lurk in the oddest places...even Pleasanton.

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Posted by laughing at CofC
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 25, 2009 at 11:48 am

ignorance is bliss isn't it? it could never happen here....then it happens and what, you're going to move to Livermore? hehehehe

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Posted by Pleasanton Resident
a resident of Parkside
on Mar 25, 2009 at 1:25 pm

In response to the ignorant comment made by "CofC, a member of the Lydiksen Elementary School community" it's people like you that give our community a bad reputation that we are shallow, self centered, rich snobs that only care about themselves. If you want to talk about Pleasanton has "Character" if you were to be the example of Pleasanton, you certainly would not be a role model of "Character" with comments like that. You should find a way to help your neighboring city, not make fun of it, it's just plain WRONG!!! Hope you're gonna change your mind and apologize to the people of Livermore.

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Posted by AVHS Dad
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Mar 26, 2009 at 7:24 am

AVHS Dad is a registered user.


Check out

Plop in "Pleasanton" and see how clean you feel.
See anybody you know?

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Posted by Jen
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 26, 2009 at 3:32 pm

It's very obvious that the person who posted that this couldn't happen in Pleasanton was just trying to get people riled up. There is now way that was a serious comment. Come on people, does it even deserve a response?? If we don't respond then these people won't bother posting ridiculous things anymore.

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Posted by Qwerty
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 26, 2009 at 6:38 pm

We know from the Scherer homicides that sick people invade our neighborhoods too...

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Posted by Annoyed at CofC's comment
a resident of Val Vista
on Mar 30, 2009 at 8:31 am

CofC's comment has done nothing but divert this conversation from the loss of two innocent children, to a useless argument about the character of two communities.

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

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