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No death cause found for woman in tub

From staff reports

An autopsy did not reveal the cause of death for a 44-year-old woman found dead in her bathtub Thursday, officials said Friday.

Her 14-month-old daughter survived more than 24 hours in the bathtub of cold water under a running shower before being discovered by police. Ava Marie Granger remains in Child Protective Service’s custody.

Lori Granger, 44, was found dead at her duplex on North Vista Road about 10 a.m. Thursday. A neighbor reported hearing running water and a crying baby since the previous day. Police do not suspect foul play in Granger’s death.

“It’s a miracle the baby was alive,” Spokane Valley police spokesman Cpl. Dave Reagan said.

Ava’s father has been identified by CPS case workers, said Steve Williams, a spokesman for the Department of Social and Human Services. It’s still unknown if the child will be placed with her dad, whose name has not been released, or with one of Granger’s surviving relatives.

“I have no way of putting a timeline on the situation,” Williams said. “We just have to work on it until it’s resolved.”

Lori Granger’s cause of death will not be known until a toxicology report is completed, Reagan said, which may take eight to 10 weeks.

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