A couple was arrested on suspicion of abusing and killing their 1-year-old son in Barstow then driving his lifeless body to Pomona.
Ricardo Mendez, 27, and Antanita Miller, 24, each of Barstow, remained on the West Valley Detention Heart in Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officers reported.
The couple are being held with out bail and are scheduled to seem on Thursday in Victorville Superior Courtroom. Mendez was additionally booked for a parole violation, reserving data present.
The Barstow Police Division reported that at roughly 11 p.m. on Monday, the Pomona Police Division notified them of a suspicious demise that occurred in Barstow.
Earlier that night, Pomona Police responded to the Pomona Valley Hospital to examine a suspicious demise of a 1-year-old boy, who arrived unresponsive and was pronounced lifeless by medical personnel upon arrival.
Pomona Detectives noticed that the kid had sustained accidents in line with ongoing abuse. In addition they noticed seen indicators of trauma to the boy’s body comparable to lesions, bruising, and burn marks. Some of the accidents appeared to be in numerous phases of the therapeutic course of.
Pomona detectives additionally revealed that the abuse doubtless occurred within the little one’s dwelling the place he lived together with his mother and father in Barstow.
Detectives additionally said that the boy died of these accidents in Barstow earlier than his mother and father drove him to Pomona.
After Pomona Police notified the BPD of the standing of their investigation, Barstow Police assigned murder detectives and crime scene investigators, who responded to the kid’s dwelling within the 700 Block of East Virginia Approach in Barstow and to Pomona Valley Hospital.
The couple’s house is positioned simply south of Barstow Neighborhood Hospital and close to the Division of Motor Automobiles workplace.
Barstow detectives Mathew Helms and Monty Franklin responded to Pomona the place they interviewed witnesses and contacted the sufferer’s mother and father, Mendez and Miller.
Detectives discovered that at roughly 7 p.m. on Monday, Mendez and Miller arrived unexpectedly at Mendez’s household’s dwelling in Pomona, almost 90 miles away from Barstow.
Members of the family discovered the kid’s lifeless body within the again of the couple’s car.
Some of Mendez’s members of the family instantly drove the boy’s body to the PVH for remedy whereas Mendez and Miller stayed on the household dwelling.
Someday later, Miller arrived on the hospital the place officers detained her. Mendez left the household dwelling and was discovered and detained within the 2100 block of Spencer Road by Pomona Police.
Barstow Police Detectives served search warrants on the couple’s residence and car, the place they positioned gadgets of proof believed to have been used in the course of the assault on the kid.
Anybody with data concerning this investigation is requested by Barstow Police to contact Detective Matthew Helms at 760-255-5132 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
These wishing to stay nameless can also present data by calling the WE-TIP hotline at 1-800-79-CRIME (27469) or by going to wetip.com.
This story is growing and will probably be up to date as extra data turns into obtainable.
Each day Press reporter Rene Ray De La Cruz could also be reached at 760-951-6227 or RDeLaCruz@VVDailyPress.com. Comply with him on Twitter @DP_ReneDeLaCruz
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