SoCal Infant Dies After Meth Pipe Swab Used To Clean Baby's Nose

An 8-month-old boy has died after his mother told police she accidentally wiped his nose with a cotton swab used earlier to clean a methamphetamine pipe, authorities said.

Prosecutors were reviewing evidence against the infant's mother,
Elizabeth Reta of Ontario, and her boyfriend, Juan Antonio Sanchez
Jr., and would likely seek murder charges, police said.

The boy, Samuel Reta, was declared dead Friday at Loma Linda University Medical Center, according to the San Bernardino County
Coroner's office.

The child had been in a coma since police responding to a child-not-breathing emergency call early Thursday found him in full cardiac arrest.

The baby also has a fractured skull, broken arm and pneumonia, police said.

Elizabeth Reta, 27, was arrested and booked for investigation of felony child abuse.

Sanchez, who surrendered to police later that night, was also arrested on suspicion of abusing the child, officials said.

Reta has told police she gave the baby a bath, and then used the cotton swab to clean his nose because it was itching, police said.

She said she didn't know the swab had been used to clean a methamphetamine pipe.

It wasn't clear when the baby suffered the broken bones.

Police said some of the injuries may be the result of Sanchez's attempt to rouse the baby from his seizure.


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