Police: Baby Boy of Las Vegas Couple Weighed 5 Pounds When He Died

Bowen Xiao
By Bowen Xiao
March 6, 2018USshare
Police: Baby Boy of Las Vegas Couple Weighed 5 Pounds When He Died
File photo. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

The 4-month-old baby who died late last month has been identified and more details surrounding his death have been released.

His parents, Loreana Martinez, 24, and Anthony Oceja, 29, were charged with murder, neglect, and animal abuse. The Las Vegas couple was arrested on Wednesday, Feb. 28, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Hannibal Oceja was just a few days shy of turning 5 months old when he died at Sunrise Hospital on Feb. 25.

Anthony Oceja (L) and Loreana Martinez (R) were arrested for the murder of their malnourished baby. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

Police said the initial investigation showed he was severely malnourished.

When doctors at the Sunrise Hospital examined the boy’s body, they found him so skinny that his spinal cord “appeared as if it was about to poke out of the skin,” according to FOX Carolina.

When the baby was pronounced dead, he weighed only 5 pounds.

Doctors said there were no bruises on the boy’s body but his gums were white, indicating that he was suffering from dehydration, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The boy’s mother claimed she breast-fed her son up to four times per day for about 45 minutes each time at their home located near the 5700 block of East Hacienda Avenue.

Loreana told police she suffered from post-partum depression, but had stopped taking medicine for it just after one week. She said her husband sometimes smoked marijuana after her children were asleep, but denied any drug or alcohol abuse, FOX Carolina reported.

Oceja, the boy’s father told police that he never physically disciplined his children, adding that he was also a victim of child abuse.

The pattern of neglect continued with the couple’s pets. Investigators found they owned four dogs, three which were abnormally thin pit bulls with the ribs and spines visible from a distance. The fourth dog, a terrier mix, was in acceptable condition.

Oceja told police that he did not have enough money to feed the dogs. They were turned over to the Clark County Animal Control.

The family had no previous history with Child Protective Services, according to police.

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