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Teen, 17, to be charged as adult in infant murder case

Teen, 17, to be charged as adult in infant murder case

STOCKTON - A 17-year-old girl arrested for murder after her infant was found dead and buried in a West Stockton field, will be tried as an adult in court, according to the San Joaquin District's Attorney Office.

The girl, identified as Patricia Lopez, was arraigned in a Stockton courtroom Thursday for murder charges. She was arrested Wednesday and held in the county's juvenile hall.

Her 22-26-week-old baby was discovered Wednesday buried in a hole in a rural area off of Highway 4 at 1425 South Holt Road. Stanislaus County Sheriff's spokesman Les Garcia said investigators determined Lopez had given birth to a premature baby inside a bathroom at her home. She then allegedly killed the baby before dumping the body in the field, said Garcia.

Teen arrested for murder after dead baby found in field

Teen arrested for murder after dead baby found in field

STOCKTON - A 17-year-old girl has been arrested for murder charges after her 22-26-week-old baby was found dead and buried in a field in a rural area off of Highway 4.

Stanislaus County Sheriff's spokesman Les Garcia said a local hospital notified authorities they were treating a teen who had given birth to a premature baby. Detectives responded and learned the girl had given birth at her home and allegedly killed the child in a bathroom. She then reportedly disposed of the body in the field at 1425 South Holt Road, said Garcia.

The girl lived with her parents and hid her pregnancy from them, according to Garcia. Deputies have identified the child's father and will continue investigating the incident.

The teen, whose name was not released, was booked in San Joaquin County juvenile hall. The county District Attorney will determine whether or not she will be charged as a juvenile or an adult.


1-year-old boy shot in Stockton

STOCKTON, CA - Stockton police say a 1-year-old child was shot Wednesday night while he was riding in his parents' car.

Police spokesman Pete Smith said the boy was with his parents at a downtown Stockton liquor store when the parents heard several shots being fired outside.  They discovered their car had been struck with gunfire and decided to leave the scene. 

A short time later, according to Smith, the parents and the boy were shot at by someone in another vehicle.  It was when the parents arrived at their north Stockton home they discovered their son had been wounded.

Smith said the boy was shot in the neck, but the injuries were not life-threatening.  The boy was taken to a hospital in Oakland for treatment.

Smith said the only description they have is a person seen in a dark-colored vehicle.

Stockton Police Department unveils new crime tracker tool

Stockton Police Department unveils new crime tracker tool

STOCKTON - The Stockton Police Department rolled out a new online public crime information tool, CrimeMapping.com, to provide current data about crime activity throughout the city.

The website enables community members to track crime incidents in a map view on their person computer or cell phone, with data updating every 24 hours to reflect the most recently reported incidents.

This newest tool was part of the department's continuous efforts to enhance its partnership with community members and neighborhood groups to prevent and reduce crime. Community members will find the summary reports and charts to be highly informative yet easy to understand, according to police Sgt.

Stockton neighborhood sprayed with gunfire

STOCKTON, CA - A north Stockton neighborhood was sprayed with gunfire Monday afternoon, leaving bullet holes in homes and cars.

The violence took place on Pawnee Way, just east of Thornton Road and north of Hammer Lane.

Witnesses told police there were more than a dozen rounds fired from a passing car. Stockton police and San Joaquin County sheriff's investigators were on the scene, looking at the damage and conducting interviews. No arrests had been made as of Monday evening.

Anita Gray came to the scene after hearing her parents' home was one of those hit by gunfire.

Her parents weren't home at the time but Moore was upset at what could have happened.

"I'm very shook up. Those are my parents.  They're older people and retired, trying to live a good life. At what point do you say I'm tired of this?" questioned Gray.

Man critically-wounded in Stockton street shooting

STOCKTON, CA - One man is in critical condition after being shot in front of a residence on the 2200 block of E. Hazelton Avenue Monday afternoon, say Stockton police.

Officer Pete Smith said there was at least one gunman and possibly two involved. The individuals were on foot but beyond that, Smith said investigators have little to go on.

It wasn't immediately clear if the residence where the man was shot was his home. The man, who is in his 20s, was shot once, Smith said.

According to the preliminary police investigation, the shooting may be gang-related, Smith said. It took occurred about 4:10 p.m.

San Joaquin jail guard charged in cell phone case

STOCKTON , CA - San Joaquin County jail guard Michael McCann was arraigned Monday afternoon on allegations he gave inmates cell phones and computer information.

McCann was arrested last week at the jail where he worked.  He faces two felony charges and two misdemeanor charges.

In court Monday, McCann's attorney requested that his client be released from custody, partly because it might be dangerous for him to be behind bars.

"I believe having him in a facility is a risk because he put a lot these people behind bars," said Dan Thompson.

But Judge Franklin Stephenson set McCann's bail at $50,000.  McCann is being kept at the Stanislaus County Jail in Modesto.

McCann is 40, and has worked with the San Joaquin County Sheriffs Department for nearly 10 years.

By tdaly@news10.net