Santa Ana Father Arrested for Allegedly Assaulting Infant Son; Baby Not Expected to Survive

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Santa Ana police have arrested the father of a 3-month-old infant who was found not breathing and with signs of physical trauma inside a Santa Ana residence, authorities said Saturday.

Jordan Mendez is seen in a booking photo released by the Santa Ana Police Department on July 18, 2015.

Jordan Mendez is seen in a booking photo released by the Santa Ana Police Department on July 18, 2015.

Just before 8:45 p.m. on Friday, officers were sent to a residence located in the 800 block of West Stevens Avenue to a report of a baby not breathing, according to a Santa Ana Police Department news release.

The baby was found to be unresponsive when police arrived. Officers and personnel from the Orange County Fire Authority performed CPR on the infant before transporting him to a children’s hospital, the release stated.

While examining the infant, hospital medical staff discovered that he showed signs of physical trauma, according to the release.

Originally, the baby’s condition was listed as critical. He was later placed on life support, and is not expected to survive, police said.

Jordan Mendez, the infant’s 20-year-old father, was interviewed by detectives and then arrested on suspicion of assault on a child causing great bodily injury/death, according to the release.

Mendez was booked into Santa Ana Jail and being held on $1 million bail.