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Teen Father Charged with Murder in Five- Week-Old Girl’s Death PDF Print E-mail
Written by San Fernando Valley Sun   
Thursday, 29 November 2012 03:05

BURBANK (CNS) - A 19- year-old man whose newborn daughter died at a hospital after suffering broken bones was charged Monday with murder. Matthew Wojcik was arrested Oct. 24 and remains jailed in lieu of $1.03 million bail. He was originally charged with one count each of assault and child abuse, but prosecutors added the murder charge today.

The five-week-old baby's mother, Elizabeth Carter, 21, was arrested Wednesday morning and released less than five hours later, after posting bail of $130,000. She has been charged with one count of child abuse causing death.

On Oct. 23, Burbank police were notified by Children's Hospital Los Angeles that doctors were treating an infant girl for multiple broken bones, according to Burbank police Lt. Eduardo Ruiz.

"It appeared the broken bones were a result of possible child abuse,'' Ruiz said. On Nov. 9, police were notified that the baby -- who was being treated for brain swelling -- had been taken off of life support and had died, Ruiz said.

Wojcik -- who faces possible life in prison -- is due back in court on Dec. 3 for arraignment and so that a date can be set for a preliminary hearing.

Carter is due to be arraigned on Dec. 12 and faces a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in state prison.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 November 2012 03:09