Ramona man, 21, gets 15-year sentence in connection with infant’s death

A man who pleaded guilty to felony child abuse in the death of his girlfriend’s 8-month-old daughter in Ramona was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years and four months in state prison.

David Humberto Ortiz, 21, pleaded guilty last month in the July 2012 death of Liliana Velasquez. A jury had acquitted Ortiz on a charge of second-degree murder and deadlocked on assault and involuntary manslaughter counts.

“You put me through hell and back,” the victim’s mother, Laura Velasquez, told the defendant in a letter read by prosecutor Fiona Khalil. “I lost half of my heart. You have no idea how much you hurt me.”

Paramedics were called to the couple’s home in the 2600 block of Southern Oak Road shortly before 11:30 a.m. on July 4, 2012, according to Cal Fire.

Paramedics took Liliana to Rady Children’s Hospital, where she died two days later.

The cause of death was listed as traumatic injury to the head. The victim also had a broken leg, Khalil said.

Ortiz initially claimed that Liliana had fallen off a couch but later admitted to shaking her so hard that “her head bobbed,” according to the prosecution. The motive was unclear.

At Ortiz’s arraignment, Khalil said Ortiz did not seek immediate help when the child was injured and drove past a sheriff’s substation in Ramona while taking the baby to his mother.

The defendant’s mother said her son was panicked when he arrived at her home with the injured infant.

The defendant’s uncle said his nephew was not the victim’s biological father but was engaged to the child’s mother and loved the baby like she was his own.

In handing down the stipulated sentence, Judge Allan Preckel said the case was a tragedy from every perspective.

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4 Comments for “Ramona man, 21, gets 15-year sentence in connection with infant’s death”

  1. tiffany

    They got it wrong they need to look at the mother her friend dropped the baby. She don’t care she just wanted her green card. David was the one who gave up his life because he loved them he got there home 3 jobs to take care of them he loved them. She has shown no sympathy for her daughter.

  2. Lets be honest

    This a good man that would of never hurt a baby, but when your news says he shook the baby make clear that he said that when baby dropped he noticed she was passing out on him and David being unexperienced said he picked her up and yelled her name and shook her but it wasn’t bad. Remember he never had kids. Plus when the the sheriff’s made arrest it wasn’t cause they had any eevidence it was because David was frustrated with the situation and said nobody was trying to believe him and that he wasn’t going to go to jail for her death granted they had him for for voluntary questioning only for 6 hours so frustrated he told then “you won’t believe me so I would rather kill myself” and thats when they arrested him and instead of taking him to a clinic for evaluation. I hate the fact that babies mom Laura Velasquez swears that he was so bad, and aggressive so why would she leave her kids to him over and over. Jury could not find him guilty, he felt not guilty but was scared to go through the whole trial again and face 25 to life so this young man took the guilty plea deal by prosecutor. He was scared about 2nd trial it could od gone either way but he wanted to end all this and settled. He’s a young man that foolishly in love with this damn female. There was a fall the day before at the pool where people were called to stand and none of the that was considered enough. They claim the baby had a fractured fractured ankle and scratches stuff she didn’t have when sheriff showed up and took over baby, or also when life flight took baby nothing was wrong with the baby’s legs. Then she shows up to childrens hospital and they see the scratches. Kind of crazy, this mom was engaged cause she wanted to marry a US Citizen and well she had mentioned she wanted her resident card. Today she blamed David Ortiz for not having her other daughter back in custody and that is foolish. She has been all smiles until she goes to court. Then she puts on a show. So yeah her life has changed but she is enjoying it fully no children no responsibilities. She loves to laugh but at the end God knows what really happened and if she really had something to do with babies death or her friends at her party the day before where her own friends started gossip about a fall at the pool side the day before. Hopefully one day their conscious will make them speak. Even though I feel that if she already knew he was so violent as she once claimed she shouldn’t have left both babies with him ever, plus they were little girls with a man with no experience and not their parent who was barely living with them one month and had been watching them off and one at his moms home with her help. Like I said if he was so bad then why would a mother leave kids to someone who she knew could hurt her kids. That’s child endangerment and she should of been charged.

  3. Lets be honest

    This a good man that would of never hurt a baby, but when your news says he shook the baby make clear that he said that when baby dropped he noticed she was passing out on him and David being unexperienced said he picked her up and yelled her name and shook her but it wasn’t bad. Remember he never had kids. Plus when the the sheriff’s made arrest it wasn’t cause they had any eevidence it was because David was frustrated with the situation and said nobody was trying to believe him and that he wasn’t going to go to jail for her death granted they had him for for voluntary questioning only for 6 hours so frustrated he told then “you won’t believe me so I would rather kill myself” and thats when they arrested him and instead of taking him to a clinic for evaluation. I hate the fact that babies mom Laura Velasquez swears that he was so bad, and aggressive so why would she leave her kids to him over and over. Jury could not find him guilty, he felt not guilty but was scared to go through the whole trial again and face 25 to life so this young man took the guilty plea deal by prosecutor. He was scared about 2nd trial it could od gone either way but he wanted to end all this and settled.

  4. The truth

    If David was such a good man why was he arrested more than once ? Lets not talk bad about the mother and lets not blame her, all she did was trust the person she love. If he is not gulty why would he take blame on somethig he didnt do? It doesnt make sense to me that he will rather do 15yrs in prison then go on with a second trial. Did the person who commented above forgt how he was arressted for violence with a school member? Because i sure did not. If he is so inocent like you guys are claiming then he should of gone on 2nd trial. Good people dont hurt babies, steal or do drugs so really think about it before judging or blamin the Mother. She lost her daughter and what did the Ortiz family lost? NOTHING, because they can all go see David whenever they want…

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