RIVERSIDE (CBS) — Jury selection got under way Thursday for the trial of a Moreno Valley man accused of fatally beating his 2-year-old son in April 2010.

Alexandro Alfonso Baeza, 27, could face 25 years to life in prison if convicted of murder and assault on a child resulting in great bodily injury in the death of Isaac Gallegos.

Several panels of prospective jurors were summoned to the courtroom of Riverside County Superior Court Judge Mark Johnson today. Opening statements in the case are tentatively scheduled to begin Monday morning.

Baeza is being held at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside in lieu of $1 million bail.

According to a trial brief filed by Deputy District Attorney Burke Strunsky, Isaac died from cerebral hemorrhaging caused by a blow to the head or violent shaking.

The boy’s mother, Andrea Gallegos of Fontana, had reportedly documented previous injuries on Isaac that she believed were the result of beatings and told as much to a family court judge in San Bernardino. The judge accused her of falsely making the allegations in order to gain exclusive custody rights to the child, according to the prosecution.

On April 10, 2010, Baeza called 911 and reported his son was in respiratory distress. The boy, who reportedly was bleeding cranially, was rushed to Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley.

Surgeons determined there was nothing they could do, and Isaac died three days later.

Under questioning by sheriff’s detectives, Baeza initially said Isaac had started breathing abnormally as he was changing the child’s diapers, according to the trial brief.

When investigators challenged the story, Baeza “admitted that while changing his son’s diaper, he jerked the diaper up from under Isaac, causing him to fall and hit his head on the floor,” Strunsky wrote. “Defendant described the floor as `very hard,’ (but) investigators noted that the floor in the bedroom was, in fact, carpeted and padded.”

The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma.

According to Strunsky, Baeza was allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of his arrest.

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Comments (13)
  1. NYU1232 says:

    Is the family court judge held accountable?

    1. Ron says:

      It is time that these incompetent judges are removed from their positions. Too many innocent people are harmed by their WRONG decisions.

      And Baeza deserves the death penalty, for what he did to this innocent little child and the child’s mother’s life.

  2. never listen says:

    Ys that’s a very good question. If the court knew and didn’t listen to the mom the judge should be accountable and carry that poor babies death in his or her contious. Im sure they’re not going to do anything,how many stories we’ve seen where child protective services don’t even check on the children and later they bring up the news the child was killed or beaten and the social worker never reported anything … so sad story 😦

  3. Johns says:

    If this guy really,brutally killed his own son, he needs to be executed right a way with no delays.

  4. Opinionater says:

    Government employees, whether judges, social workers, postal workers, cops, clerks, etc., are mostly just a bunch of ignorant, uneducated, anti-social A-holes. Their unions make it impossible to fire them even if they’re out of their minds, which most of them are. It’s time for revolution in this country. Government is everywhere …… to the point of ridiculousness. And the worst part is, ordinary citizens are victimized by and live in fear of these A-holes every single day.

    1. Tired of being blamed. says:

      Government employees, ignorant, uneducated and anti-social A-Holes. Well, next time you turn on a light, take a drink of water, or have an emergency situation, think about where those things come from. Half the power generated in the US is from Government Power Plants. 80% of water in the country is transported, purified and delivered to your house by Government employees. And I won’t even bring up the brave people that run into burning buildings to save your lame butt without a thought of their own safety. Blaming “Uneducated” Government Employees, is like shooting the family dog because your child threw a rock thru the kitchen window. And my bet is, you didn’t pass the test to get into a government position. They are not that easy and 95% of Government employees are well educated and hard working.

      Judges are either “Appointed” or “Elected”. If you wish to have them replaced, have them “Recalled” or vote them out. But, I doubt if you vote.

      This situation is a travesty. This ………person either shook, beat, or threw his child to death. And he, if the story is correct, was on drugs. He will probably end up with some kind of BS story about his family situation when growing up and how his life is “Societies” fault. Either way, I DON’T CARE!. After he is found “Guilty”. let him drop his pants and kiss his butt Goodbye. Then throw him off the top of the Presley Building to land softly on the concrete around it. Where some “Uneducated, lazy, dumb” Government employee will have to clean up the mess. As usual.

      1. Ron says:

        Well said, BUT there is NEPOTISM in many government jobs and they NEVER take a TEST. Not to mention, ALL the corruption, just in L.A. Government alone.

  5. igor doublebubblevich says:

    1800 felons to be released oct 1. this guy a’int going no where.

  6. dave says:

    i just do not get it!!! there are tons of people like my wife and i who want children and cant have them and are in the long process of tryin to adopt and then there are jag-offs like this who have a beautiful child and they go and kill it?? if these people do not want their baby for god sakes give it for adoption or something why kill the poor things

  7. ??? says:

    I feel so sad for what this poor baby had to go through, shame on you judge, you made a bad decision and it cost this poor baby his life. I feel bad 4 the mom too.

    PS…attn Dave…I wish u & ur wife good luck with your adoption plans.

  8. Catia says:

    Nobody decent gets it Dave. People like this guy are not normal. I believe most people are good to their kids. This degenerate did not deserve a child. Children are gifs from God and I wish taht only people who felt that way could have them but I am not in charge! I do hope that you and your wife will be blessed and be able to adopt a child soon. You will love it and make certain that child feels loved.

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