If the charges against the Hurtado siblings stick, they will be holding their future family reunions in prison.
Irene Hurtado, 27, of Anaheim, was arraigned on charges of murder
and assault on a child with force likely to produce
great bodily injury resulting in death. The victim: her 23-month-old nephew, Dartanian Hurtado, whose mother Noel Lynn Hurtado, 25, and
uncle Timothy Seymour Hurtado, 19, also of Anaheim, have been charged with
the same counts as Illene.
As the Orange County District Attorney's Office statement on the next page shows, each Hurtado faces up to 25 years to life in state prison if convicted.
December 3, 2010
AUNT TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR MURDERING SISTER'S BABY BOY AFTER INFLICTING REPEATED INJURIES TO THE HEAD
*Baby's mother and uncle are also charged in this case
SANTA ANA -A maternal aunt will be arraigned Monday for murdering her
sister's baby boy after inflicting repeated injuries to the head. The
defendant's sister and brother are also charged in this case. Ilene
Irene Hurtado, 27, Anaheim, is charged with one felony count of murder
and one felony count of assault on a child with force likely to produce
great bodily injury resulting in death. Noel Lynn Hurtado, 25, and
brother Timothy Seymour Hurtado, 19, both of Anaheim, were charged with
the same counts on Nov. 19, 2010. Timothy Hurtado was 16 years old at
the time and was direct filed as an adult. If convicted, the defendants
face a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison. Ilene
Hurtado is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled to be
arraigned Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa
Ana. The time is be determined. Noel Hurtado and Timothy Hurtado are
being held without bail and are scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 10, 2010,
at 9:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1.
On Aug. 16, 2007, Noel Hurtado and Ilene Hurtado are accused of taking
Noel Hurtado's 23-month-old son, Dartanian Hurtado, to Anaheim Memorial
Hospital. The victim was already deceased when doctors examined him. It
was determined that the victim had died due to brain swelling caused by
chronic injury to the head. The Anaheim Police Department began an
investigation into the baby's death.
On Nov. 19, 2010, Noel and Timothy Hurtado were arrested by police after
being linked to the baby's murder. Ilene Hurtado was arrested
yesterday, Dec. 2, 2010.
Due to the ongoing investigation of this case, the Orange County
District Attorney's Office (OCDA) will not publish any further
information at this time. The OCDA is seeking the public's help in
locating anyone with additional information. Please contact Supervising
District Attorney Investigator Helen Moreno at (714) 347-8492.
Senior Deputy District Attorney
Howard Gundy of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.
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