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A California 1-Year-Old Baby Suffered Severe Burns. His Mother and Her Boyfriend Are Now Under Arrest for Murder, Officials Say.

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A 1-year-old boy in California suffered severe burns and died. Now, police have announced the baby’s mother and her boyfriend have been arrested in connection with the infant's murder.

Around 8:10 a.m. on Oct. 1, deputies responded to a home in Sugarloaf and found the young victim, identified as Henry Wheatley Brown, unresponsive and suffering from severe burns that covered his body, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office.

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The boy was rushed to an area hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Officials said investigators determined Wheatley Brown also suffered additional injuries at some point, indicating abuse.

Deputies arrested the boy’s mother, Samantha Garver, 33, and her 32-year-old boyfriend, Sergio Mena, on suspicion of murder, according to authorities.

Both were booked into the San Bernardino County Jail and are being held without bond, officials said.

Garver was also arrested on an outstanding warrant for child abuse.

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In 2014, Garver pleaded guilty to misdemeanor willful cruelty to a child, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Court records obtained by the outlet show Garver failed to appear for her 100-day jail term and provide proof of enrollment in a year-long child abuse treatment program.

As a result, the court listed her as a fugitive due to her failure to comply with the requirements of her sentence.

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Prior to the baby's death, the LA Times reported, Garver often post about her son on Facebook. In August, she began a new job and posted, “Happy birthday, Henry! Everything I do is for you! So, fitting I would start this job on your first birthday. I love you, little booger."


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