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Gilroy Police Department
Monday November 4th, 2019 :: 04:06 p.m. PST


Child Death Investigation and Arrest


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Original Post:

On November 3, 2019, at about 11:30 a.m., the Gilroy Police Department received a 911 call from a female who stated she had drowned her 2-year-old daughter in her bathtub. Officers immediately responded to the residence, which was located in the 7900 block of Westwood Drive.
Once inside, they found the lifeless child in a bathtub filled with water. Officers removed the child and began CPR. The Gilroy Fire Department and Rural Metro arrived at the scene and provided additional lifesaving measures. The child was transported to Saint Louise Regional Hospital, where unfortunately she was pronounced deceased.
The child’s mother, 35-year-old Gilroy resident Marcie Montelongo, was located by a GPD officer near the intersection of Miller Avenue and First Street. Montelongo told the officer that she had just killed her daughter. Montelongo was placed into custody and she was later booked into the Santa Clara County Jail for murder.
In addition to the Gilroy Police Department, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Medical Examiner-Coroner were involved with the investigation as per the Santa Clara County Child Death Protocol.
This investigation is active and ongoing. The identity of the victim is being withheld until family members are contacted. If you have any information about this case, please contact Gilroy Police Department Detective Chris Silva at (408) 846-0335.

Gilroy Police Department
7301 Hanna St
Gilroy, CA 95020

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Non-emergencies: 408-846-0350

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