Authorities in California say a man and woman were arrested on suspicion of killing the female victim’s newborn baby.
According to KTLA, 20-year-old Andrea Torralba had recently given birth at a hospital in the Oxnard area when police were called to the location over the report of “suspicious injuries” to the young boy.
According to Oxnard Police Sgt. Brandon Ordelheide, Torralba and Villa, her boyfriend, are suspected of strangling the child to the point that he became unresponsive and could not be revived by staff at St. John’s Medical Center on Friday morning. He said they told police they did not want the child.
As the Ventura County Star reported, both suspects were arrested and booked into Ventura County jail with bail set at $5 million for Villa and $1 million of Torralba, according to police.
They are each expected to face criminal charges including assault on a child by force resulting in death.
Investigators note the case remains ongoing and encourage anyone with information related to the incident to contact Detective Juan Morales by calling 805-385-3922 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers of Ventura County by calling 800-222-8477.
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[Featured images: David Villa and Andrea Torralba, Oxnard Police Department]