A one-day-old baby was found unresponsive by medical staff in a maternity ward at St. John’s Medical Center in Oxnard, California. Police arrested the mother, Andrea Torralba Camacho, and her boyfriend David Luna Villa on suspicion of assault on a child using force resulting in the child’s death. Baby Diego died because his mother said she didn’t want him.
According to a press release by Oxnard Police Department, the investigation into Baby Diego began on July 19, 2019. Police responded to a call from the hospital related to a suspicious injury. When officers arrived at the medical center, they found the baby in critical condition.
Authorities interviewed Andrea Torralba Camacho and her boyfriend David Luna Villa upon their arrival. According to the Los Angeles Times, Camacho told police that they killed the infant because she did not want the child. Additionally, she said that her boyfriend was not the child’s father.
For more than ten hours, doctors worked tirelessly to revive and save the baby. However, Baby Diego eventually succumbed to his injuries. Oxnard Police Sgt. Brandon Ordelheide told the Los Angeles Times that arriving at the scene was one of the most horrific experiences detectives can experience on the job.
“By the looks of the nurses, they did everything they could to try and revive that kid,” he said. “I can tell you this is probably one of the worst things these detectives can go through, is something like this, but we’re still trying to figure out what happened.”
In a statement to the CBS Los Angeles, St. John’s Medical Center said,
Following the death of the baby, police arrested the couple and charged them with suspicion of assault on a child using force resulting in the child’s death. Authorities booked them into Ventura County Jail, and they are held on $1 million bonds.
“While we deal with tragedies every day, the staff at St. John’s Regional Medical Center are devastated by the alleged incident. In the midst of this investigation, it is timely to remind our community of California’s Safe Surrender Law wherein: Newborn infants can be dropped off at any safe surrender site such as hospitals, fire stations and police stations, within 72 hours of birth, with no questions asked.
According to the California Department of Social Services,“From January 1, 2001 to December 31, 2017, 931 newborns have been surrendered in California, and 88 newborns were surrendered during the 2017 calendar year.” For information about Safe Surrender Sites a toll-free anonymous hotline number provides information and locations of Safe Surrender Sites: dial 877.BABY.SAF (1-877-222-9723).”
With safe-haven laws in Ventura County, there was no reason for the mother to kill her son. Instead, she could have surrendered the child to the medical staff at the hospital. Why the couple decided to kill the child rather than surrender him remains unknown.
A one-day-old baby is defenseless and relies on his caregivers to keep him safe. Rather than receiving the love and affection he deserved, his mother squeezed the life out of him. Only a monster could be so callous to kill an infant that is so utterly defenseless.
Police in Oxnard is requesting anyone that knows more about the death to contact them at (805) 385-3922.
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