Baldwin Park Father Charged With Murder in Toddler's Death

The 21-month-old boy died of blunt force trauma, the coroner said

By Melissa Pamer
|  Friday, Jun 14, 2013  |  Updated 2:01 PM PDT
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Grandfather of Tortured Boy Gives Emotional Farewell

An investigation into a Baldwin Park toddler's death led authorities to arrest the child's father, David Paz Vasquez, who was charged with murder on Friday, June 14, 2013.

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Detectives Investigate Toddler's Death

Homicide detectives were investigating a Baldwin Park duplex where a 20-month-old boy died Wednesday. Neighbors said the boy seemed happy, and had just learned how to walk. The boy’s parents were fully cooperating with police. Hetty Chang reports from Baldwin Park for the NBC4 News at 4:30 p.m. on June 12, 2013.

Grandfather of Tortured Boy Gives Emotional Farewell

Family, friends and strangers gathered in Sylmar Wednesday night for an emotional farewell to 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez. The boy's mother and her boyfriend allegedly admitted to fatally torturing him, authorities say. Kim Baldonado reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on June 12, 2013.
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A Baldwin Park man has been charged with the murder of his 21-month-old son, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Friday.

David Paz Vasquez, 32, appeared in court Friday to face one count of murder and another of assault on a child causing death. His arraignment in Pomona Superior Court was postponed to July 10, and he was being held on $1 million bail.

Vasquez’s son Joshua died of blunt force trauma, the county coroner said Thursday. The previous day, Vasquez had taken his son to a hospital, where he died.

In a news release Thursday afternoon, the sheriff's department said the county Department of Children and Family Services responded to a call at the house about a year ago.

"The then-infant boy sustained a leg injury that was investigated by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. That incident is also under investigation by Homicide detectives," the sheriff's department stated.

The DA’s office gave the suspect’s name as Vasquez, as does the county inmate locator website; the LA County Sheriff’s Department originally had given it as Vazquez

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