Riverside mom held on $1M bail for murder

RIVERSIDE Lori Burchett, 38, was booked on murder charges Tuesday.

Her husband Greg Burchett says he arrived at the home on Via Terrano Monday night and discovered the body of his 17-month-old son in one of the bedrooms. Greg then called 911.

"I came home, and I found my baby. And my wife was traumatized, and I don't know all the answers yet, but I found my baby," said Greg. "I've always been extremely supportive of my wife. I just don't understand what happened. The facts have taken place, but I don't understand the rationale or what happened behind it. And until that comes out, when all the evidence is there, and everything is vetted, I won't understand what happened until then. And until then, all I know is I've lost my son."

Police investigators say the toddler suffered a blow to the head and a puncture wound to the stomach.

Neighbors say they can't believe it.

"It's awful. I mean, it's just devastating that it would be a little child," said neighbor Alice Bittner. "I mean it's bad enough when an adult dies, but when a child dies, it's just sadder."

Burchett is scheduled to be arraigned in court on Thursday.

Anyone with any other information is asked to call the Riverside police at (951) 787-7911.


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