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Parents arrested for death of newborn

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 by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - The parents of a three-month-old baby boy from Yigo that was found dead have been arrested facing charges of negligent homicide.

Just before 7pm Monday evening the parents of the baby were arrested by agents from the Guam Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division. "The victim three month old Tyler Saiotong Cruz received second degree burns throughout his body and according to the chief medical examiner the cause of death was due to asphyxiation," according to Acting Police Spokesperson Officer Paul Tapao. He said Tyler was found dead in the back seat of his parents car.

It was Saturday afternoon they returned to their Yigo home from an outing, Tyler however never made it inside the house. "According to the investigators they had returned home shortly after 12; three hours later they were questioning as to why the baby wasn't crying or the whereabouts of the baby they frantically searched the area that when they discovered their lifeless baby in the back seat of their family car," he said.

The newborn was found where he was left, in his car seat. Arrested were 24-year-old Victoria Lynn Quidachay Siaotong and 28-year-old Shawn Travis Llagas Cruz. Both were arrested on charges of negligent homicide, family violence, child abuse and leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle. According to Tapao once his parents discovered their son they immediately called 911 for help. "The case has been closed by our Criminal Investigation Division side and has been forwarded to the Attorney General's Office," he said.

This marks the second incident in recent years involving a child that died after being left in a car. In June Superior Court of Guam Senior Probation Officer Anthony Morcilla was found not guilty of negligent homicide, leaving a child in a motor vehicle and child abuse.  In April 2013 his two year old daughter Amanda was found dead in his truck. She had been in the back seat for seven hours in the superior court parking lot while he was at work.

As for Tyler's parents, they're scheduled to be magistrated tomorrow. We should add baby Tyler has three siblings, according to Officer Tapao they are in the care of Child Protective Services.
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