A young couple strangled their newborn to death in a California hospital just hours after the birth, saying they had never wanted him, according to authorities.
Police in Oxnard say they were called to St. John’s Medical Center on Friday morning because of a newborn “in critical condition with suspicious injuries.”
“Despite the efforts of the medical team, the infant succumbed to his injuries,” police said in a news release.
Parents Andrea Torralba, 20, and dad, David Villa, 21, had first raised the alarm, but medics determined that they “strangled the victim until he was unconscious,” according to the police.
Once questioned, they told detectives that they did not want the baby, Sgt. Brandon Ordelheide said.
Torralba and Villa were arrested for investigation of assault on a child resulting in death, a felony, and are being held on $1 million bail each.
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