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A California man has been accused of killing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son by “repeatedly stomping” on the little boy’s head.
Santos Rodriguez, 24, has been booked for murder for the boy’s death after the child died Saturday at a local hospital, according to a statement from the San Bernardino Police Department.
Police were called to the hospital around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night to investigate a suspicious death after the 3-year-old arrived at the hospital with “severe head trauma,” authorities said.
Rodriguez, of Desert Hot Springs, initially told medical personnel and investigators that the child suffered the severe injuries after falling off a Razor scooter and hitting his head on the sidewalk, authorities said.
However, during further questioning, police alleged that Rodriguez admitted to “losing his temper” and “repeatedly stomping the child’s head into the ground.”
San Bernardino Police said the motive in the death was still under “continuous investigation.”
Sgt. John Echevarria told The Press-Enterprise that Rodriguez had been visiting his girlfriend’s home in the 500 block of West Victoria Street at the time the boy was killed. The child’s mother reportedly was not at the home when the incident occurred.
Authorities declined to release any further details about the incident.
Rodriguez was arrested and transported to the San Bernardino County West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga where he is currently being held without bail.
Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact Det. Montez at (909) 384-5762 or Sgt. King at (909) 384-5659 as the investigation into the boy's death continues.
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