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Santa Ana Police Department
Tuesday February 13th, 2018 :: 12:20 p.m. PST


UPDATE - Detectives Investigating Child Abuse Case, Child Remains On Life Support


Sad to report one year old baby has passed away. Detectives are now investigating this case as a homicide.


Arrested: Eduardo Centeno (25) Santa Ana

On Monday, February 12, 2018, at approximately 7:56 AM, Santa Ana Police officers were dispatched to the Royal Roman Motel for a call of a one year old baby not breathing. Upon arrival, the child was found unresponsive and CPR was provided. Paramedics arrived and transported the child to Orange County Global Medical Center. The child was transferred to Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) where he remains in critical condition and on life-support.

The initial investigation and evidence revealed possible child neglect and/or abuse. Homicide Detectives were notified and responded to handle the investigation. SAPD Family Crimes Detectives are also assisting in the investigation. The victim’s mother and boyfriend suspect Centeno were questioned by Homicide Detectives. Based on their investigation Homicide Detectives booked suspect Eduardo Centeno into the SAPD Jail for CPC 273a(a)-Child Abuse, as well as two outstanding warrants for narcotics violations. The victim’s mother was released pending further investigation. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Homicide Detective Eddie Nunez at 714-245-8390.

Santa Ana Police Department
60 Civic Center Plaza
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 714-834-4211

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