Sentencing today for man, 21, who pleaded guilty to child abuse in infant’s death

Tuesday, Jan. 14—A young man who pleaded guilty to felony child abuse in the death of an 8-month-old girl he was babysitting in Ramona is scheduled to be sentenced today in an El Cajon courtroom.

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

Paramedics were called to a 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.

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.

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.

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1 Comment for “Sentencing today for man, 21, who pleaded guilty to child abuse in infant’s death”

  1. Carol

    Smack him in the head

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