The mother of a newborn and her boyfriend have been detained after the upsetting murder of the baby soon after she gave birth at a California hospital.
Andrea Torralba, 20, and David Villa, 21, both of Oxnard, California, about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles, were imprisoned on Friday afternoon after police responded to St. John’s Medical Center.
After responding to the hospital, officers from the Oxnard Police Department “learned that a newborn infant was in critical condition with suspicious injuries,” according to the department.
Detectives from Oxnard police’s Family Protection Unit said their inquiry led them to accept Torralba and Villa stifled the baby until he was insentient just hours after she gave birth.
David Villa, 21, has been accused in connection with the death of girlfriend Andrea Torralba’s newborn after he was found stifled in the hospital in Oxnard, Calif., on Friday, July 19, 2019.
Hospital staff instantly started life-saving procedures, but the male child was declared dead.
Oxnard police Sgt. Brandon Ordelheide told Los Angeles ABC station KABC the couple self-confessed under interrogative that they did not want the child.
Both have been suspect with physical attack on a child by means of force causing in the child’s death, police said. The crime is punishable by a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.
Andrea Torralba, 20, has been charged with choking her newborn baby in the hospital in Oxnard, Calif., on Friday, July 19, 2019.
Villa is being held at Ventura County’s Main Jail on $5 million bail. He is next scheduled to appear in Ventura County Superior Court on Tuesday.
Police said, Torralba is being held on $1 million bail.
Authorities said an investigation into the death is still ongoing.