Jury selection set to start Tuesday in infant’s death

Jury selection is scheduled to start Tuesday, Oct. 15, in the murder trial of David Humberto Ortiz, 21, who is accused of killing his girlfriend’s 8-month-old daughter in Ramona in 2012.

Opening statements from attorneys are expected to start Thursday before El Cajon Superior Court Judge Allan Preckel. The trial is estimated to last from two to three weeks and Ortiz has pleaded not guilty.

Ortiz is also charged with assault upon a child that results in death, which carries a 25-year penalty. He remains in jail on $1.5 million bail.

A sheriff’s sergeant testified in the preliminary hearing in February that Ortiz admitted to shaking the baby to wake her up. Liliana Velasquez suffered a brain injury on July 4, 2012, and a leg fracture where she lived in the 2600 block of Southern Oak Road in Ramona.

Ortiz was home alone babysitting the infant and another child as the girl’s mother was working. Liliana was air lifted to a hospital, but was determined to be brain dead. She died two days later.

—Neal Putnam

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