Mom, Boyfriend Arrested In Death Of 14-Month-Old Boy At Inglewood Hospital

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The mother of a 14-month-old Hawthorne boy who died at a nearby hospital has been arrested along with her boyfriend, authorities said Monday.

Sandra Cartagena, 42, was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment, while Julio Mejia, 44, was arrested on suspicion of murder, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The arrests came after the boy was taken to Centinela Hospital in Inglewood Sunday night, sheriff’s homicide investigators said.

The child was not breathing when he arrived via ambulance at the hospital, investigators said. He was pronounced dead at 11:45 p.m. by the treating physician.

Cartagena’s two other sons, ages 9 and 14, have been taken into protective custody, officials said.

Anyone with information on the suspects was asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s COPS Bureau at (323) 627-8137.

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