Livingston woman arrested in 1-year-old's death

Livingston woman may have caused fatal injury in 2011

vpatton@mercedsunstar.comAugust 23, 2013 

— A 48-year-old Livingston woman is in custody on accusations of causing fatal injuries to a 1-year-old.

Maria Sixtos De Los Angeles was arrested Friday morning for the alleged crime, which happened more than two years ago, on March 3, 2011. Police haven't released the baby's name.

Sgt. Ray Fong said the suspect was taken into custody after admissions she made during an interview with police Friday morning.

Police responded to De Los Angeles' home on Citrus Court after she called 911, saying a child she'd been baby-sitting had choked. Officers arrived and discovered the child was not breathing. Paramedics were able to get the child's heart beating again, and he was taken to Children's Hospital Central California in Madera, where he later died.

Fong said there was a delay in completing the autopsy report in the case, due to the departure of forensic pathologist Ann Bucholtz from the Merced County coroner's office in July 2011.

Livingston police finally received the completed autopsy report in May. According to the report, the boy died from a head injury, Fong said.

Based on statements De Los Angeles made under questioning Friday, Fong said police believe she threw the child onto a couch. Fong said the impact of being thrown likely caused the child's injury.

Police believe De Los Angeles became angry with the baby after he wouldn't sit still and kept getting up.

"It wasn't until today's interrogation that she final confessed," Fong said.

When asked how the victim ended up with the suspect, Fong said one of De Los Angeles' relatives had worked with the baby's mother.

The suspect has no prior arrests, Fong said.

De Los Angeles was booked into the Merced County Jail on suspicion of assault on a child causing death and willful injury to a child. She's being held on $1 million bail.

City Editor Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or vpatton@mercedsunstar.com.

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