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David Humberto Ortiz Pleads Not Guilty in Ramona Infant Death

The 19-year-old man who was arrested Monday pleaded not guilty to his charges related to the death of 8-month-old Liliana Velasquez.

A man accused of fatally injuring an 8-month-old girl while babysitting the infant at a home in Ramona on Independence Day pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of murder and assault on a child causing death.

David Humberto Ortiz, 19, was ordered held on $1.5 million bail.

Ortiz is suspected of in the 2600 block of Southern Oak Road shortly before 11:30 a.m. on July 4, said San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Larry Nesbit. The infant died at Rady's Children Hospital two days later.

An autopsy was ordered to determine the cause of death, but the report was sealed at the request of the Sheriff's Department. Ortiz was .

Last week, Cal Fire spokesman Nick Schuler told reporters paramedics called to the home were responding to a report about a child who had fallen.

Ortiz, who faces 25 years to life if convicted of assault and 15 years to life if found guilty on the murder charge, will be back in court July 18 for a readiness conference and July 24 for a preliminary hearing.

–City News Service

Kathy Ewing-Finley July 12, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Do you have any info on the Grand Theft charge that they are hearing on the same day?
Kathy Ewing-Finley July 12, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Did you see the new info from Deputy District Attorney Fiona Khalil? http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/ramona/ramona-teenager-pleads-not-guilty-in-baby-s-death/article_439e3215-1344-5da1-8816-e7dd396c0284.html
Myrah July 12, 2012 at 06:31 AM
i been friends wiith David for 11years & i know david loved lily he stop going out to take care of the baby when the mom was out having fun its not right to judge him because there is still no evidence
dee July 13, 2012 at 01:50 AM
the mom was at work when this happened and apparently there was enough evidence to arrest him
Catryna White February 06, 2013 at 09:47 PM
Circumstantial evidence is what it is. There are tons of parents in jail because of vaccine injured babies who suffered SIDS, but the parents or parent was charged with Shaken Baby Syndrome. It's criminal that innocent people are going to jail.

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