A CALIFORNIA father has been charged with murdering his young special-needs daughter letting her languish in “extreme non-stop pain” in 2014.
Cops arrested Ernesto Landeros Jr., 33, on Tuesday and charged him with second-degree murder and assault on a child under 8 years old fort the death of Destiny Marquez, The Press-Enterprise reported.
Photos provided in March by an ex-girlfriend to an investigator with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office revealed that Destiny was healthy, happy and smiling just 19 to 34 hours before she was hospitalized when her heart stopped.
Destiny was taken by Landeros to Hemet Valley Hospital after 2 a.m. on Dec. 21, 2014 where she died just five days later, the outlet reported.
Destiny’s heart had stopped beating and Landeros told detectives who learned of her injuries that she had been vomiting the previous night.
Landeros claimed he woke up around 2 a.m. and realized she was having trouble breathing so he took her to the hospital, court documents show.
The father later claimed Destiny fell off a “little princess” toy car and hit her chest on its steering wheel the week before – but cops never spotted a toy car in the family’s home.
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Cops did not make an arrest at the time – but doctors who repaired her large intestine before her death said her injuries were caused by blunt force trauma.
The doctor who conducted a child abuse exam said: “Destiny was likely allowed to languish for days, which caused her heart failure.”
Landeros has previous convictions for battery on a spouse or co-habitant and for violating a court protection order to prevent domestic violence.
He is being held in the Southwest Detention Center in lieu of a $1 million bond.