LAS VEGAS (FOX5) –
The five-month-old child of an arrested Las Vegas couple was just five pounds when he died late last month, cops stated.
Following an investigation into the infant’s death, Loreana Martinez, 24, and Anthony Oceja, 29, were charged with murder, overlook and animal abuse. When the child died, medical professionals at Daybreak Hospital stated the he had bones that were quickly protruded, including his rib cage, and his spine “looked like if it was about to poke from the skin.” No swellings were seen, however his gums were white, which doctors attributed to dehydration.
Police stated Martinez did not bring her child to appointments after Dec., where he was taped at about 8 pounds. She told private investigators repeatedly the child was breast fed approximately four times per day for about 45 minutes to an hour each time.
Martinez said the kid was fed several times the day he died, inning accordance with the arrest report, and was found unresponsive after she put him to sleep before dinner.
The infant was noticable dead on Feb. 25, weighing five pounds.
Martinez told police she had post-partum depression, however stopped taking medication after a week. She denied drug or alcohol abuse and stated Oceja smoked cannabis periodically after the kids remained in bed.
Oceja informed police he does not discipline his kids and that as a victim of child abuse, he took it extremely seriously.
Private investigators at the home near the 5700 block of East Hacienda Avenue discovered 4 pet dogs, three of which were emaciated pit bulls. The pets’ ribs and spinal column were visible from a distance. The fourth canine, a terrier mix, remained in appropriate condition, cops said.
Oceja told cops he didn’t have cash to feed the pets sometimes. The canines were committed Clark County Animal Control.
Authorities stated the family did not have a history with Kid Protective Services.
The child’s name was not launched.
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