Detectives are looking for a 35-year-old Glendale woman whose 5-month-old son’s death from blunt-force trauma to his head was recently ruled a homicide.
Glendale police officials on Thursday said homicide detectives have tried contacting Fereshteh Eghtedari
for more than a month, but she disappeared sometime after the Nov. 16 car crash at Gardena Avenue and Tyburn Street.
“We are still investigating it, but I think she fled,” Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
When police responded to the crash, they found an unoccupied vehicle had slammed into a tree. Officers then got a call from Glendale Memorial Hospital, advising them that Eghtedari and her son, 5-month-old Hoodad Afrasiabi, were in the emergency room
That same day, Hoodad died from blunt-force trauma to the head
that at the time could have been tied to the impact of the crash
But even then, police said the evidence did not support that possibility
, especially given that they couldn’t find witnesses to the crash, Lorenz said.
“The red flags were up early on,”
Their doubts were confirmed after a Los Angeles County coroner investigation determined that Hoodad’s injuries were caused by being thrown or slammed by an adult
, Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said.
Eghtedari’s husband has also disappeared, Lorenz said, but no arrest warrant has been issued for him.
Anyone helping to conceal details about Hoodad’s death or Eghtedari’s whereabouts may be considered accessories, police said.