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Woman arrested in 1990 cold case death of 5-month-old baby

November 05, 2013|By Ari Bloomekatz | This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.

A Riverside woman has been arrested in connection with the 1990 cold case homicide of a 5-month-old baby who suffered from starvation and broken bones. 

Cole Terpack was found by paramedics on Aug. 3, 1990, in a San Bernardino home on North Acacia Street "unconscious and not breathing," according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

Cole, who suffered from starvation and "numerous broken bones," was taken to a hospital where he died, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Detectives began investigating the incident as a homicide in 1990, but the case went cold. It was taken back up by a cold case team this year and the investigation led to suspect Chris Kringle Tilghman, who was not related to the baby, according to sheriff's Det. Jerry Davenport.

He declined to say what the connection was between Tilghman and baby.

Tilghman was arrested Nov. 1 on a no-bail murder warrant.

[For the Record 11:30 a.m. PST, Nov. 5: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that Chris Tilghman was a man.]


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