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WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Authorities in California are seeking the public’s help in the search for a suspect wanted in connection with the death of a 1-year-old baby in West Sacramento.

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According to KOVR, the West Sacramento Police Department is searching for Derrick Woods, 43, of Sacramento, after authorities discovered the infant dead Monday during a welfare check at Silvey’s Motel on West Capitol Avenue. The baby girl had suffered “traumatic injuries” before her death, the department said in a Facebook post.

Investigators later obtained a homicide arrest warrant for Woods, who “was last seen fleeing the area on foot at the time of the incident,” the post read.

Police described Woods as a Black man who stands 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds, according to the post. His eyes are brown and hair is black, police said.

“He is currently sought in the investigation of a violent homicide and should be considered dangerous,” the post read. “If anyone knows the whereabouts of Derrick Woods, they are asked to call the police immediately and to not approach him.”

Anyone with information about the case is asked to send an email to

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