LOMITA (AP) — Authorities say a parolee has been arrested on suspicion of killing his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son in Lomita.

Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Parker says 25-year-old Daniel Vega was taken into custody late Thursday on suspicion of murder, hours after the toddler was found dead in an apartment at the Harbor Hills housing project.

An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the cause of the child’s death.

Parker says Vega was wanted for a parole violation and was being held without bail.

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Comments (15)
  1. CarmaDogma says:

    You know, they release information about sex offenders and yet ignore doing anything about how many parolees beat their girlfriends and kill their toddlers. You hear more about these cases than sex offenders yet even today there is no law named after a dead child to change this. It is time to change that. Seriously. If your sister were to date a guy she should have a right to know if he is a parolee. It’s not like they would tell you. This is so sad.

    1. patty vega says:

      Look I agree with you about sex affenders, the system should let everyone know where they are at. BUT, you see Daniel is my son and he is not a sex affender. Have you people ever heard of accidents? Well this was an accident that happened & I feel so sorry for that little boy. I dream about it every night, it’s a nightmare. It seems that all of you are thinking that the mother of gabriel (marissa mendoza) was such a good person but what you dont no is the truth. I am not saying that my son is right, what I am saying is that he is innocent until proven guilty, Marrissa as a mom should of proctected her son and not left her little boy for my son to babysit especially since her kids are not his. I really wish all of you caould understand and look at both sides instead of judgeing from what you here. The lord knows and we will get through this.

  2. bootsysmom says:

    I hate to tell you, but many of the women who date parolees KNOW they are parolees. But some women fall for the charm and the “I was framed” stories of these guys and also think they can “fix” them. The main point of stories where babies are killed by the mom’s boyfriend is that the mom leaves the baby alone with boyfriend. Boyfriends should never substitute for a qualified babysitter. 99% of the time a child is killed around here, it’s a situation where the boyfriend was babysitting the child.

    1. patty vega says:

      I just read your comment and I want to thank you, because what you said is the truth, you see daniel is my son my only child, and yes I agree with what you say” I was framed”. gabriels mom (marissa mendoza) did know that my son was a parolee, she used to go visit him in prison, she went out of her way to get an apartment so he would have a place to live,….my son refused he did not go with her, this was in covina 2 years ago, then he went back to prison she would go visit . again he got out and again she came around, this has all been going on for the last 6 years. About 6-8 months ago daniel ended up moving in with her, he always took care of her kids, cleaned the house and so forth, this day this happened I feel in my heart it was really an accident, my son has a daughter of his own and I know that he would never intentionally hurt a child so until the outcome, my son is innocent until proven guilty

  3. Mike McDermott says:

    Bad homeboy, ya know?

  4. Nichole Smith says:

    Its also been said this guy Daniel Vega has a child with another girl and has abused the mom of his child. It sucks that a child had to die due to the fact for his past but this man will be locked up for a longtime so his other child won’t face the same fate as this boy.

  5. Mary says:

    I am 43 year old widow. My husband did when I was 35. I had three children at the time of his death; ages 16, 14, and 7. I have never dated and never remarried since my husbands death 8 years ago. My 8 year old will be 16 in just a few more days. It has not always been easy being single because it has been tough raising 3 kids alone, however; I never put my kids in danger, risking some man hitting them or sexually abusing them. There were days that when I felt very alone and would drive to work crying and I still have many lonely days but I keep busy by working and hiking. The good feeling is… I can go to bed at night knowing my son is safe from sexual, mental, and physical abuse. Women are way to desperate for love, even if it means putting their own children at risk. And moms… Do not ever let a man babysit your kids, on parole or not… You are setting them uo to be hurt sexually, or physically.

  6. Sarah says:

    @ Nicole Smith. You don’t know Daniel Vega to know his past. Im a mutual friend and his ex is a Witch. and the daughter is beautiful.
    @ BOOTSYSMOM I agree with you 120%!!

    1. patty vega says:

      thank you for your comment, your right nobody knows daniels past, but I do, you see I am his mom and really going through rough times. its been really hard because I am so far away. please just keep him in your prayers and in your heart., and know that this was a accident that happened

  7. Sarah says:

    And in fact his girlfriend did know he was a Parole. She was hiding him. So she put her kids in harm way. I happen to be a mutual friend to her as well.. A sad,sad story

    1. abusehater says:

      are you seriously defending this baby killer and blaming the mom? really?

    2. truth says:

      really u know the ex… cuz from what i know she is the smart person who actually protected their daughter from a situation that could hve been fatal. So before you talk you would really know her, I lknow both and he loved her to death and was crazy, She protected hefself and her child. poor you sarah. defending someone who made a precious baby suffer.

      1. patty vega says:

        o.k. if you no both then you would know that it was NOT just my son Danny”s fault it was both, two wrongs dont make a right, and yes I do have a beatiful grand daughter and yes her mother does take very good care of her, but what has happened what not done on purpose accidents do happen this is what you people fail to see. My grand daughter means everything to my son and he would never put his hands on her, so you get that right and get it straight….

  8. Karen says:

    This guy’s trial begins today. Does CBS plan to do any follow up stories so that we can know the outcome?

  9. Karen says:

    Guilty on both charges. I guess the jury didn’t believe it was an accident, did they, Patty Vega?

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