CABAZON – The stepfather of a toddler found dead in Cabazon was in custody today on suspicion of murder.
Jesse Martinez, Jr., 32, faces charges of murder and child abuse causing great bodily, said Sgt. Brian Reno of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
Deputies went to a home in the 14600 block of Cabazon Street after receiving a 911 call at 1:17 a.m. Sunday about a child needing medical attention and found 3-year-old Ramon Jimenez, who was not breathing, he said.
The boy was transported to San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital in Banning, where he was pronounced dead. His injuries indicated he was the victim of a homicide, Reno said.
Martinez was being held at the Robert Presley Detention Center in lieu of $1 million. His first court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday.
Anyone with information regarding the boy's death was urged to call the sheriff's Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777 or the Cabazon Station at (951) 922-7100.
3-year-old boy found injured in Cabazon pronounced dead at hospital
CABAZON – A 3-year-old boy found injured in Cabazon early today was declared dead at a hospital, and authorities were investigating the child's death, a sheriff's deputy acknowledged.
Deputy Craig Roberts of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department would not provide any details, but he told the Los Angeles Times that Ramon Jimenez was found “severely injured'' at a home in the 1400 block of Cabazon Street.
The boy was taken to San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital in Banning, where he was pronounced dead, The Times reported on its Web site.
KTLA reported that family members told authorities they found the child bloodied and not breathing when they arrived at the home early today.
The boy may have been beaten, the TV station reported.