Suspect Charged in Baby’s Death



August 29, 2013 


A Hawthorne man was charged today with murder in the death of his girlfriend’s 14-month-old baby, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Linda Loftfield said Julio Mejia, 44 (dob 6/18/69), is also charged with one count of assault on a child causing death.  Mejia is expected to be arraigned this afternoon in Department 144 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Airport Branch.

The child, identified as Bryan C. in the criminal complaint, allegedly was killed by blunt force trauma on Aug. 25 in a Hawthorne apartment shared by the defendant, the baby’s mother and two older siblings.  Mejia is not the baby’s biological father.    

Mejia is charged in case SA085101.  The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Hawthorne Police Department.

Prosecutors recommended that bail be set at $1 million.  If convicted as charged, the defendant faces a maximum state prison sentence of 25 years to life.    

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