October 1, 2014
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A Santa Ana mother and her boyfriend have been arrested on suspicion of murder after the woman's 4-year-old boy died.
Police Sgt. Tony Miranda says the boy appeared to have been beaten. His mother, 24-year-old Gabriela Mariana Morales, and her live-in boyfriend, 37-year-old Alberto Guzman, were being held on $1 million bail.
Police say officers went to the couple's apartment Friday and found the boy in full cardiac arrest, with bruises and head trauma.
The boy's 9-year-old brother and 7-year-old sister were home at the time and may have witnessed the beating.
They have been placed in protective custody.
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