Prosecutor: Father Threw Baby Against Sofa, Caused Fatal Injuries

SANTA ANA (CBS) — A father of two demonstrated to police, using a stuffed animal, how he threw his 2-month-old daughter against a couch, causing injuries that led to her death, a prosecutor told an Orange County jury Tuesday.

Christian Trinidad Gonzalez, 25, is also accused of shaking his daughter, Iliana, and causing further injury. He is charged with one felony count of murder and one felony count of assault on a child with force likely to produce great bodily injury resulting in death.

Prosecutors said Gonzalez became frustrated when the infant started to cry. He reportedly began violently throwing her onto a couch and then shaking her, after realizing she was not breathing.

Iliana, who never regained consciousness, was taken to the St. Joseph Hospital of Orange.

Doctors called police after finding injuries consistent with abusive head trauma, including bleeding inside her head, severe retinal hemorrhages, and brain swelling, according to prosecutors.

She was kept on ventilators for two days after being declared dead on March 19, 2009.

Gonzalez initially told police he had left the child on the couch and when he returned from the bathroom five minutes later, she was not breathing.

Authorities said he later admitted to throwing his daughter against the couch.

If convicted, Gonzalez faces 25 years to life in prison.

  • C.G.

    “If convicted, Gonzalez faces 25 years to life in prison.”

    I have a better idea… One nice shot to the middle of this animals forehead.

    • Stryker 21

      Another ILLEGAL ALIEN we will pay for three hots and a cot. Another hard working $pic.

    • Astonished

      Absolutely! Then we don’t have to pay for his upkeep. If they wont do that, at least neuter him! This way he doesn’t have to become “frustrated” with any more children.

    • Bobby Goulet

      I am sorry for correcting your grammar. My mommy didn’t love me enough as a chile do I troll the internet pointing out other peoples microscopic spelling errors. I hope you can forgive me.

      • Bobby Goulet

        C its fun too mispel wordz and misgrammertize sentencis.

    • Francine Rodriguez

      OMG – just 25 years! What is wrong with our justice system!

  • Bobby Goulet

    Well, technically, I think you meant to type, “animal’s,” with the apostrophe to express that the forehead belongs to Mr. Gonzalez, but I understand what you’re saying.

    • Mary James

      okay I think we get the jist of it though

      you loser


      • noneoff

        OK children, let’s play nice!!

    • Bobby Goulet's Mom

      You’re an idiot. Who cares that he missed the apostrophe? Go troll somewhere else. I agree with C.G. 100%

    • C.G.

      Bobby Goulet

      People who correct grammar do so because they have no comeback, and have to resort to insulting someone for forgetting an apostrophe even though no one really cares about it and can still read it perfectly fine.

      You need to get a life!

  • SC

    Even animals don’t do that to their young… he’s a MONSTER!!

  • CB

    He admitted to throwing the baby on the couch. In other words, he admitted to committing murder. I hope he gets the maximum life sentence. However, how in the world could he get only 25 years?

  • Hanan Nimri

    what an idiot i hope some one shake’s u till u die . stupid u deseve to die in jail and let god punish you …….hanan north hollywood

  • john musatchia

    shocking that a mexican is doing something totally inhumane and totally disrespectful. F mexicans

    • vanessa

      At least MExicans work….they work jobs the white man won’t do.

    • Toni

      More shocking than what Casey Anthony did?

  • Chris

    At least he admitted to his actions….unlike so many others that don’t take any blame

  • Harry Balzania

    shocking that a mexican is doing something totally inhumane and totally disrespectful. A white parent would never do that kind of stuff, (Casey Anthony ahem). With white folks it’s usually the kids doing the killing and then using facebook toinvite people to a party

    • DD

      Mexicans Mexicans

  • Tink

    What is wrong with people??? My cousin tried desperately to have a child and when she finally was blessed with her beautiful daughter her daughter passed from Leukemia at only 1.5 y/o. These people who hurt or kill their children should suffer the same fate they bestowed upon their precious children. Even jail is too good for these monsters.

  • Pam

    Hey idiot you just killed your welfare check.

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