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2-month-old boy dies, father arrested for felony child abuse

Police were first notified by UC Davis Medical Center staff on Nov. 11 after the infant was rushed to the hospital with injuries they consistent with abuse.

STOCKTON, Calif. — Monday, Nov. 16, 9:30 p.m. update:

New charges are listed for a 24-year-old man accused of abusing his two-month-old son. 

After police confirmed that the child died from his injuries on Saturday night, Matthew Garcia is now facing charges that include murder, assault to a child resulting in death, and willful cruelty to a child, according to the San Joaquin County Jail website.

Sunday, Nov. 15, 9:30 a.m. update:

The Stockton Police Department says the 2-month-old baby boy died from his injuries Saturday night. The baby's father, Matthew Garcia, 24, is still in police custody at the San Joaquin County Jail.

Stockton police has not provided an update on new charges for Garcia now that the baby is dead.

Original story:

A 2-month-old boy is fighting for his life in a Stockton hospital after allegedly being abused by his own father, police said.

The boy’s father, 24-year-old Matthew Garcia, was arrested and booked into the San Joaquin County Jail Friday on a felony child abuse complaint.

Police were first notified by UC Davis Medical Center staff on Nov. 11 after the infant was rushed to the hospital with injuries they considered to be consistent with abuse. The infant was put into a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at the hospital and doctors said they do not expect him to survive.

Investigators said they learned the alleged abuse happened at a home in the 2600 block of E. Marsh Street. Police did not say how they determined where the alleged abuse took place.

Garcia's bond was set at $1,550,000.00, according to San Joaquin County Jail records.

This case remains under investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Stockton Police non-emergency line at 209-937-8377 or the investigations division at 209-937-8323.

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