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Antioch Toddler Taken Off Life Support After Alleged Beating By Father

ANTIOCH (BCN) – A 2-month-old Antioch boy who was severely beaten Tuesday evening has been declared brain dead and was taken off life-support Wednesday night, Antioch police Sgt. Diane Aguinaga said.

Police received a call from Sutter Delta Medical Center shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday reporting that an infant was suffering from major injuries believed to be the result of child abuse, Aguinaga said.

Doctors told police that the infant was unresponsive when he was brought to the hospital by ambulance.

The baby was transferred to Children’s Hospital in Oakland where he was treated for multiple fractured bones, a lacerated liver and bleeding in his brain, police said.

Doctors, however, were unable to save him and took him off life support Wednesday. Aguinaga said he expected the boy to be pronounced dead.

While police were investigating the case, they learned that the boy’s father, Sigifredo Lua, 23, had been taking care of the boy and his 2-year-old brother while his wife was at work. He reportedly called his wife and told her that the baby was injured and she called 911, police said.

According to police, Lua’s initial statements to investigators about how the infant had been hurt were inconsistent with the boy’s injuries.

Lua later allegedly confessed that he punched the baby in the face, police said.

Investigators also found evidence that the 2-year-old had been abused in the past. He has been placed into protective custody and will undergo a thorough medical exam, Aguinaga said.

Lua was arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse causing great bodily injury and booked into county jail in Martinez.

Investigators were scheduled to present the case to the district attorney’s office Thursday and will be seeking murder charges against Lua, Aguinaga said.

She said the children’s mother, who was at work when the abuse happened, was extremely distraught and has been cooperating with investigators. There is no indication that she knowingly left her children in danger, police said.

Police are continuing to investigate the case and are asking anyone with information about it to call Detective Robert Green at (925) 779-6932.

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  • kc

    I am not a strong supporter of the death penalty (maybe I would be more so if they were actually carried out and in less than 30 yrs from sentencing). But this guy should be buried up to his shoulders and stoned.

  • TA

    It makes me want to puke to think that someone could be so evil to do something like this. And there are tons of people out there like that. We should just wipe out all the violent people in this world who like to hurt children and others and then see how the world is after. Give no mercy for people like him. Scary world this is.

  • vb

    There’s a special place in hell for people like Mr. Lua. Hope he finds it soon.

  • scarlet

    bless this infant and if there was abuse in the past for this 2 year old child the mother should be held accountable she obviously puts her children at risk. laws need to change for our childrens sake .stop locking people up for petty crimes and put the real criminals in prison to perish

  • laronn

    acts like this makes me question my stance on capitol punishment.

  • Grandma C

    What sad news….
    It is clear that this father should have been at work earning the living instead of being at home with the little ones., Some men just don’t have what it takes to be a house daddy while other men enjoy staying at home with the kids and do a good job of it. I think the day has come that we need to teach the boys in high school how to manage caring for small children before they bring them into this world.



  • Mike Hill

    Typical Walnut Creek story. Child molestation, Rape, Meth crime, shooting and wife beating. What a horrid place to live.

  • Mike W

    I say charge him convict him, send him to a level 4 prison and let him try to survive after they find out what he did. That would be the death penalty by his peers.

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