RIVERSIDE (CBS) — A Moreno Valley mother who violently abused her 2-month-old son from the time he was born, was sentenced Friday to 36 years to life in prison for murdering him.

Lucero De La Paz Diego, 22, was found guilty in November of second-degree murder, assault on a child resulting in great bodily injury and child endangerment for the Sept. 19, 2008, death of Romero Dixon.

Riverside County Superior Court Judge Michele Levine handed down the maximum punishment. Levine also fined Diego more than $1,000, most of which will go to the California State Children’s Trust Fund, which supports programs for at-risk families.

According to Deputy District Attorney Elan Zekster, the defendant violently shook her son on repeated occasions, fracturing his ribs in 15 places, breaking his collar bone and causing brain hemorrhaging.

The infant was not breathing when paramedics were called to the woman’s apartment and efforts to revive him failed. The official cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.

Diego’s boyfriend, 26-year-old Clifford Harrison Dixon, was convicted last April of child endangerment and sentenced to one year in county jail.

“He said he knew his girlfriend had a tendency to (abuse) the baby, and he didn’t approve,” Zekster said, “but he didn’t do anything to stop it.”

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Comments (10)
  1. Really?? says:

    Such ignorant comments. Get a life DUH!
    The mother should get the death penalty. Her boyfriend is a coward and needs his a** kicked. 🙂 And are you telling me NO ONE did anything to help this little boy?? Pathetic.

  2. susan W. says:

    He should be castrated and she should have a hysterectomy but they both should be fried.

  3. david says:

    “Duh!,” if you’re going to be a bigoted, nationalist idiot, at the very least you should take pride in the English language. Neofascists everywhere are embarrassed of you.

  4. A. Garcia says:

    People like that discuss me!!!

  5. mark says:

    Next time you go to a restaurant remember who cooks you for jacka**!!!!

  6. Duh! says:

    Another day another illegal making news.

  7. Duh!! says:

    As long as wettos killing their own kind, i got no beef with it

    1. Not newsworthy says:

      You are a loser and a lowlife a baby is dead and all you can say is that’s good cause they are a minority, are you even human, A BABY WAS KILLED

  8. Dana Dorsey says:

    Very weak judge and sentence for both of them. I have so had it with these kind of people. They should burn in hell!

  9. the wolf says:

    This justice system makes me sick. Kill and you can get life in prison with the possiblity of parole. And the tax payer will take care of you for life. Sounds great huh? Serial killers in America, gets life in prison. Baby killers get life in prison. Child molesters plus killing gets life in prison. Only in America. So does qualify for the death penalty? In today”s world, The prosecutors, makes deals with these killers. And it seems to me the defense lawyers are winning their case. This evil woman, deserves to die for what she did. imagine this, this evil woman will see freedom some day.

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