Just days before Sunday’s Father’s Day, a Los Angeles man was charged Monday with the beating death of his 4-year-old son.
Hirwin Calderon-Ordonez, 24, was scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon on one felony count each of murder and assault on a child causing death.
His son, Justin Sontay-Oxlaj, died at County-USC Medical Center after being brought there about 3 a.m. last Thursday from his family’s residence in the 4600 block of Honduras Street in the southeast Los Angeles area, according to the coroner’s office and the Los Angeles Police Department.
Police quickly classified the death as suspicious. An LAPD detective told reporters the boy’s body showed evidence of physical trauma and investigators had “some questions about the injuries.”
The child’s father was arrested later that day.
According to media reporters, it was the father who called 911. The child’s mother was not home at the time. The boy was not breathing when paramedics arrived.
Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami is expected to ask that bail bet set at $2 million for Calderon-Ordonez, who faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted as charged.
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