California couple arrested after strangling newborn baby in hospital, police say

Mo Jazi
An Oxnard couple has been arrested in connection with the death of a newborn baby, police said Friday.

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. - A California couple has been arrested in connection with the death of a newborn baby, police said Friday.

The baby boy’s mother and her boyfriend allegedly choked the newborn until he was unconscious, according to the Oxnard Police Department.

Andrea Torralba Camacho, 20, and David Villa, 21,  are accused of assault on a child by means of force resulting in the child’s death, authorities said.  

Officers learned of the incident at 7:53 a.m. Friday and responded to St. John’s Regional Medical Center to investigate the infant’s suspicious injuries, police said. The baby was in critical condition and at one point became unresponsive. Medical staff tried to revive him but the baby died from his injuries, police said.

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Detectives in the agency’s family protection unit also responded, authorities said.

As of Saturday afternoon, Camacho and Villa remained in Ventura County jail, each with bail set at $5 million, jail records show.

They were being held on suspicion of felony assault on a child causing death, according to jail records. 

Anyone with information regarding this case or other criminal activity is encouraged to contact Detective Juan Morales at 805-385-3922.

Tips can also be submitted online by visiting the Oxnard Police Department’s website, www.oxnardpd.org, and clicking on “Report Suspicious Activity.”  You can remain anonymous if you choose to do so. You can also remain anonymous by calling Ventura County Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or visiting www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org.

This article originally appeared on Ventura County Star: California couple arrested after strangling newborn baby, police say