VIDEO: Baby Boy Left in Car Suffered 2nd Degree Burns, Died of Asphyxiation; Parents Arrested

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Guam – Guam Police Monday evening arrested the parents of a 3 month old baby boy who died after being left buckled in his car seat in the back seat of their vehicle.

GPD Spokesman Officer Paul Tapao identified the dead boy as Tyler Siaotong Cruz.  He was pronounced dead at GMH Saturday afternoon about 3:45pm. 

Medical Examiner Dr. Aurelio Epsinola performed an autopsy on the boy this afternoon and, according to Officer Tapao, he found that the boy had suffered 2nd degree burns throughout his body and the cause of death was asphyxiation.

Officer Tapao said that the parents had returned to their Yigo home about noon Saturday. Three hours later he said “they were questioning as to why the baby wasn’t crying, or the whereabouts of the baby.”

He said “they frantically searched around the area and that’s when they made the discovery of  their lifeless child in the back seat of their family car.” He said they then called 911.  Officer Tapao said the parents have been cooperative with investigators.

When asked if the parents forgot about him, Officer  Tapao said “It appears that way.” .

The mother was identified as 24 year old Victoria Lynn Siaotong. She was arrested for negligent homicide, family violence, child abuse and leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle. 

The father was identified as 28 year old Shawn Travis Cruz. He was also arrested for negligent homicide, family violence, child abuse and leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle.

Both were booked and confined.

  

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READ the release from Officer Tapao below:

On Monday the 4th of August 2014, at 6:40 p.m., agents from the Guam Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division arrested the following individuals relative to the death of three month old, TYLER SIAOTONG CRUZ.  Arrested were:

VICTTORIA LYNN QUIDACHAY SIAOTONG (female/Guam) 24 years of age
-NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE T-9 G.C.A.
-FAMILY VIOLENCE T-9 G.C.A.
-CHILD ABUSE T-9 G.C.A.
-LEAVING A CHILD UNATTENDED IN A MOTOR VEHICLE T-9 G.C.A.

SHAWN TRAVIS LLAGAS CRUZ (male/Guam)  28 years of age
-NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE T-9 G.C.A.
-FAMILY VIOLENCE T-9 G.C.A.
CHILD ABUSE T-9 G.C.A.
-LEAVING A CHILD UNATTENDED IN A MOTOR VEHICLE T-9 G.C.A.

BOTH ARE THE PARENTS OF TYLER S. CRUZ, WITH BOTH PARENTS BOOKED AND CONFINED.

With the arrest, the case is CLOSED and will be forwarded to the Guam Attorney Generals Office for their information and disposition.