UPDATE, DEC. 15, 4:52 P.M.: Thi Nhat Ha Nguyen, 29, of Westminster, has been charged with murder and child assault causing death, and she faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted, according to prosecutorS.
She and her boyfriend Hung Nguyen rented the room where he found their lifeless 4-month-old Hau Duc Nguyen, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
The boy, who suffered unspecified injuries, was pronounced deceased at Children's Hospital of Orange County in Orange at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Orange County coroner, who has not released the cause of death.
ORIGINAL POST, DEC. 13, 10:06 A.M.: Police in Garden Grove and Westminster on Tuesday began investigations of separate suspicious deaths, one of a young man and the other of an infant boy.
At 4:50 p.m., Garden Grove cops were sent to 10080 Garden Grove Blvd. about a person down. Officers arrived to find the body of man on the property at the abandoned construction site, which includes a multi-story unfinished steel framed structure on the Garden Grove Festival Square premises in a busy retail district.
"Detectives observed trauma on the victim and at this point they are investigating this as a suspicious death," says Garden Grove Police Lt. Carl Whitney. "The cause of death will be determined by the coroner."
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The unidentified victim is described as Hispanic or white, 19-25 years old with an average build. Anyone with information about him, how he died or how he wound up at the construction site is asked to call Garden Grove Police Homicide Detective Steve Heine at 714.741.5422. Anonymous tips may be left with Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855.847.6227 (1-855-TIP-OCCS).
Hours later, just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, the Westminster Police Department was called by a man who said his girlfriend was acting strangely and that their 4-month-old boy was unresponsive and not breathing, says Commander Cameron Knauerhaze, the agency's spokesman.
Officers arrived at a home in the 15000 block of Coronado Street to find the baby with traumatic injuries, says Knauerhaze, who adds the boy was revived there but later died at a local hospital.
Back at the home, Thi Nhat Ha Nguyen, the child's 29-year-old mother, was placed under arrest, according to Knauerhaze, who noted there are no other suspects and that the couple had no other children.