Wednesday, March 17, 2010

"Frustrated" dad pleads not guilty in murder of 4-month-old daughter (Hayward, California)

Dad JOSE AREVALO has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the shaking death of his 4-month-old daughter. It's the usual standard crappola with these dads: the baby was crying and dad was "frustrated" so he "lost it." If the results weren't so horrible, the cliches in these cases would almost be funny.

Not guilty plea for Hayward father charged with murder of his 4-month-old daughter
By Kristofer Noceda
The Oakland Tribune
Posted: 03/15/2010 04:25:05 PM PDT
Updated: 03/16/2010 06:50:11 AM PDT

HAYWARD — A 26-year-old man charged with murder in the death of his 4-month-old daughter pleaded not guilty Monday at the Hayward Hall of Justice.

Jose Arevalo, of unincorporated Hayward, also has been charged with causing great bodily harm to a child under 8 years of age. Arevalo was arrested March 4 after his daughter suffered fatal head injuries from apparently being shaken.

Arevalo apparently shook his daughter out of frustration, authorities have said.

"It appears the baby had been crying for a little bit of time and the dad just lost it," Alameda County Sheriff's Office Sgt. J.D. Nelson previously said.

The baby was checked into Kaiser Hospital in Hayward on March 4, then was transferred to the organization's pediatric intensive care unit in Santa Clara.

Doctors notified officials that they thought the child was suffering head injuries likely from being shaken.

Investigators then interviewed family members and determined Arevalo was responsible and he was arrested.

During the investigation, officials also checked Arevalo's home near 21000 block of Gribben Avenue. Officials said there were no obvious signs of abuse going on.

Family members did not attend Monday's hearing. The family could not get off work and are preparing for the baby's funeral service, said attorney Roseann Torres, who is representing Arevalo.

Torres said she is working to get files from the district attorney's office so that she can begin working on Arevalo's case.

Arevalo's next appearance in court is scheduled for April 13.