A Santa Ana father who was charged in the killing of his 3-month-old son has also been accused of committing lewd acts on a teenage girl, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office announced on Tuesday.
Jordan Peter Mendez has been charged with one felony count of murder and one felony count of committing lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14, according to a news release from the DA’s office.
Mendez was accused of committing lewd acts on “Jane Doe” between June 1, 2014, and Aug. 31, 2014, when the victim was under the age of 14, the release stated.
The 20-year-old man was arrested on Friday night after his infant was found unresponsive at a home in the 800 block of West Stevens Avenue.
Prosecutors said Mendez was left alone with his son when Jane Doe left to run errands. The defendant then left for a time with the infant — identified only as “John Doe” — and later returned home with the baby.
By that time, Jane Doe had also returned and noticed the child was struggling to breathe.
At around 8:45 p.m., officers from the Santa Ana Police Department responded to a 911 call from the residence and discovered the infant was not breathing, the release stated.
Santa Ana officers and paramedics from the Orange County Fire Authority performed CPR on the baby before rushing him to Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Medical staff stated that the child showed signs of blunt force trauma to the head, according to the DA’s office.
The baby was placed on life support and succumbed to his injuries on Monday, the release stated.
Prosecutors did not state Jane Doe’s relationship to the slain baby.
Mendez was initially held on a charge of assault on a child with great bodily injury/death, a Santa Ana police news release stated. He was being held on $1,020,000 bail.