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News Release

Tuesday, March 11, 2003

Media Relations

17 Year-Old Mother Suffocates and Kills Her 7 Month-Old Baby

"17 Year-Old Mother Suffocates and Kills Her 7 Month-Old Baby"


Los Angeles: On Monday, March 10, 2003, at 7:00 p.m. detectives from the Abused Child Unit responded to the 300 block of West 67th Street for the suspicious death of a seven-month-old Hispanic baby boy. The victim had been transported earlier that day to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m.

The detectives’ investigation revealed that the victim’s 17-year-old Hispanic mother had intentionally suffocated the baby, then several hours later called 9-1-1 for help.

Abused Child Unit Detectives arrested the 17-year-old mother for Penal Code Section 187 (A), Murder. The subject is being held at Juvenile Hall on 1,000,000.00 bail.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Abused Child Unit Detectives at 213-485-4220. On weekends and during off-hours, please call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, 1-877-LAWFULL, 1-877-529-3855.

This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Renee’ Montoya, Media Relations, 213-485-3586.