8-Month-Old Girl Dies of Injuries Suffered at Southern Oak Road Home

Victim of Fourth of July incident at Ramona home is identified for the first time as Liliana Velasquez.

Updated at 11:25 a.m. July 7, 2012

Liliana Velasquez, age 8 months, was pronounced dead at Rady Children’s Hospital about 4:35 p.m. Friday, authorities said Saturday morning. She was injured at her home on Southern Oak Road on the Fourth of July. 

“The cause and manner of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner’s Office,” said sheriff's spokesman Lt. Larry Nesbit, revealing the victim’s name for the first time. “The results of the autopsy have been sealed by the Sheriff’s Department.”

Investigators from the Sheriff's Child Abuse Unit, homicide detail and Sheriff's Crime Lab are taking part in this investigation, Nesbit said. 

The girl, whose age was first reported as 7 months, suffered what were expected to be fatal injuries at a home in Ramona, and someone who was at the residence at the time is being questioned, authorities said Thursday.

Deputies and firefighters were called to the residence in the 2600 block of Southern Oak Road shortly before 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nesbit said.

The injured child was flown to Children's Hospital but was not expected to survive, the lieutenant said in a statement.

A male inside the residence at the time of the injury was being questioned.

Sheriff’s officials asked anyone with information on the incident to call the Homicide Detail at 858-974-2321, after hours at 858-565-5200 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

—City News Service contributed to this report

Lupe Cordova July 10, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Well I know him and he is not a child abusers! He was more of a dad to those girls then their real dad. He loved those girls more then anything and would always take them everywhere he would go. If you would ask anyone that knew him they would say the same. All of us around him see how much he is hurting.
Jolinda July 11, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Thank you Lupe for bringing forward another point of view. I apologize for being initially hasty in just looking for an arrest. Truly, if there was no intent or serious neglect then it will fall to the people who know this boy to come forward with the real truth of what happened. Only this will keep him from just becoming another victim like Lillianna, in a heart-breaking situation for all involved. That I was quick to assume guilt on someone's part, to look for the abuser in the story, is my own unfair judgment and I am sorry for that. You have to consider that the public really has yet to hear one word of even how the child died - so it's easy to just let our imaginations fill in the blanks with so much abuse around us. Thanks for writing you awareness of the story - one of a tragedy and not abuse.
Christine Phillips July 11, 2012 at 04:03 PM
The news from the sheriff was that he said she fell off the couch and then went unconscious. I am not going to believe that till the coroner says it happened that way. Anyone who has children knows that just doesn't happen. And even the best of parents get tired and overwhelmed. I am erring on that end of the deal.
Ron Selkovitch July 11, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Jolinda, Thank you for a very gracious retraction. We don't what happened, and we should wait until the truth comes out.
Jolinda July 16, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Ron, It was the least I could do after realize I was having an OJ Simpson knee-jerk reaction, and fanning fires in a direction I could not see myself clearly. There's always a thin line between being unlucky, inattentive, irresponsible and abusive. Parenting is a challenge at every age. And an 8 month old is both a very wiggly and very fragile kind of creature...and there are so many ways that most of us parents could have had terrible things happen with those we love as well. I do hope this all resolves in a way that is both fair and useful...the loss of an otherwise good 19 year old is just another tragedy in itself and really solves very little. I was wrong...and I'm sorry and I appreciate your validation of a world where sometimes we can all just "be wrong" and learn from there.


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