Santa Ana man arrested in connection with 1-year-old boy’s death

SANTA ANA – A man has been arrested in connection with the death of a 1-year-old boy, authorities said on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Shortly before 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 12, officers responded to the Royal Roman Motel, at 1504 E First St., to a report of a child not breathing, said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department.

Officers found the child unresponsive and began administering CPR. Paramedics arrived and transported the boy to a local hospital. He died Tuesday afternoon.

The child’s mother and her boyfriend, Eduardo Centeno, 25, of Santa Ana were questioned by detectives. Centeno was then booked into the Santa Ana Jail on suspicion of child abuse and two outstanding warrants for narcotics violations, Bertagna said.

The child’s mother was released from custody pending further investigation.

The case was being investigated as a homicide, and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office will decide whether to file a murder charge, Bertagna said.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Santa Ana police homicide Detective Eddie Nunez at 714-245-8390.

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