PASADENA -- A 29-year old woman and her live-in boyfriend were charged Thursday with murder and torture for allegedly killing the woman's 2-year-old boy.
Maria Palaez and 32-year old Gabriel Diaz were arrested connection with the death of Palaez' son, Rene Torres.
They were scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon in Pasadena.
Police responded to a 911 call at the home on North Summit Avenue early Tuesday morning.
Palaez reportedly told the 911 operator that her son was dead.
Rescuers found the boy unresponsive in his crib and pronounced him dead at the home.
The coroner has not released the cause of death.
Prosecutors claim the couple tortured the boy between July 18 and Tuesday.
Police did not release details behind the arrests, but said they had to do with the "suspicious nature of the call," and what officers discovered during investigation.
Both are being held on $1 million bail. Prosecutors were expected to ask that amount to be increased to $2 million Thursday.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lano...arold-boy.htmlA Pasadena mother and her boyfriend were charged today with torturing and murdering her 2-year-old boy, who was found dead at home, police said.
Maria Pelaez, 29, and Gabriel Diaz, 32, allegedly taped the child's feet, legs and arms Monday night, according to the Pasadena Police Department. The mother called 911 early the next morning, saying her boy was not breathing.
The child, Rene Torres, was pronounced dead at the home in the 500 block of North Summit Avenue. He had died of asphyxiation before rescuers arrived about 6 a.m. Tuesday, Pasadena police said.
During interviews, the couple allegedly told detectives that they had repeatedly taped Rene, including his mouth, during the past several months to discipline him, police said in a news release.
The charges against Pelaez and Diaz were filed by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, police said. Bail was recommended at $2 million. Arraignment was scheduled for this afternoon at Pasadena Superior Court.