Man beats to death his 1-year-old son after promising his mother to buy him candy

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By: Chan Yuan 

A man was arrested, charged and convicted of murder after killing his young son, prosecutors in California said.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that 45-year-old Jesus Vega Estrada of Anaheim, was sentenced to serve 25 years to life in state prison after he was convicted of beating his 19-month-old son to death.

Estrada was convicted by a jury of second-degree murder and assault on a child causing death.

Deputy District Attorney Michael Matoba, who prosecuted the case, said that Estrada visited his son at the mother’s home in Valinda.

Around 11:15 p.m., Estrada told the child’s mother that he was going to take him out to purchase some juice and candy, the prosecutor said.

When Estrada and the child returned to the home, the victim was vomiting. The parents then took the child to a hospital, where Eric Avian Cervantes died early the next morning, the prosecutor added.

At trial, coroner’s officials testified that the victim died from blunt force trauma to the liver. Also, the child had trauma to his head, bruising on the body and broken ribs.