Smith Fernando Garcia, a 13-month-old boy, died Thursday, June 25, after he was beaten in the 14900 block of South Atlantic Avenue in East Compton, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies discovered Smith after they received a call about a baby not breathing Sunday, June 7, about 4:25 p.m., according to a department news release.
The baby had visible injuries, according to the release, and at the hospital it was determined he had significant internal injuries. Deputies arrested the mother's boyfriend, Rodrigo Hernandez, that evening on suspicion of child abuse.
Hernandez, a 23-year-old Latino from Compton, lived with Smith’s mother and other children in the apartment.
Hernandez allegedly told deputies that he had struck the child multiple times, according to a department news release.
Smith was pronounced dead at 2:47 p.m. on ...
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