On Friday, July 19, a couple in Oxnard, California was arrested on suspicion of strangling and killing the woman’s newborn baby boy after she had just given birth to him at a hospital, according to KTLA.
At about 7:53 a.m., officers responded to a call about a suspicious injury at St. John’s Medical Center on 1600 N. Rose Ave. and were told that an infant was in serious condition and had “suspicious injuries,” the Oxnard Police Department said in a news release.
According to the investigation, Oxnard police said that the child’s mother, Andrea Torralba, 20, and her boyfriend, David Villa, 21, had strangled the newborn boy until he was unconscious.
Hospital employees discovered the infant was unresponsive and tried to treat him, but he succumbed to his injuries and died at the hospital, officials said.
Torralba and Villa were arrested on a felony charge of assault on a child by means of force that resulting in the infant’s death, authorities said.
The couple told detectives that they didn’t want the baby, Oxnard Police Sgt. Brandon Ordelheide said.
.Bail for Villa, according to county inmate records, was set at $5,000,000. For Torralba, there was no booking information available, but the police said her bail was set at $1,000,000.
The case is under investigation.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Detective Juan Morales at 805-385-3922.