February 22, 2024
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A San Diego man accused of inflicting deadly accidents on his 7-week-old daughter was ordered Wednesday to face trial on costs of homicide and assault on a baby inflicting demise.

Jaime Santillanes, 38, is accused of inflicting the demise of Genevieve Santillanes, who died at a hospital three days after police have been known as to the household’s College Metropolis residence final March for a report of a child who had stopped respiratory.

Santillanes was arrested following a police investigation during which SDPD consulted with “medical personnel who’ve specialised in coaching in child-abuse associated accidents to find out precisely what occurred,” SDPD Lt. Steve Shebloski mentioned.

At a preliminary listening to held to find out whether or not he’ll go to trial on the fees, SDPD Sgt. Mark Sullivan testified that Santillanes advised police he was sitting on a sofa and holding the kid whereas feeding her.

He mentioned that in some unspecified time in the future he fell asleep whereas nonetheless holding the kid and awakened after falling to the bottom, together with his whole physique weight falling onto the newborn, Sullivan testified.

Dr. Mallory McPhee, a pediatrician who helps conducts assessments at Rady Youngsters’s Hospital of potential baby abuse circumstances, testified that she examined the kid’s accidents.

McPhee mentioned the reason Santillanes offered was inconsistent with the accidents the kid sustained, which included a number of cranium fractures.

The physician mentioned she couldn’t opine on how precisely the child sustained her accidents, however testified that due the severity of the accidents, “I’d have anticipated one thing extraordinarily traumatic to have occurred … like a fall from a number of tales, a really important automotive accident, some kind of incident that had excessive forces current.”

Protection legal professional Brian Watkins disagreed with McPhee’s conclusion and argued it was a leap to search out the accidents have been sustained in a non-accidental method. Watkins mentioned the physician conceded that she didn’t know the way precisely the accidents occurred and thus his shopper shouldn’t be held to reply on costs alleging an assault.

Deputy District Lawyer Erin Casey argued that baby abuse circumstances not often have witnesses that may make clear how precisely such accidents are inflicted, however the physician’s experience knowledgeable her opinion that Santillanes’ clarification was “implausible.”

Santillanes stay in county jail with out bail.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.