Victorville Man Booked on Suspicion of Homicide in Death of Abused 11-Month-Old Girl

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A Victorville man accused of abusing an 11-month-old girl has been booked on suspicion of assault and homicide after the baby died from her injuries over the weekend, authorities said Tuesday.

Deputies were initially sent to Rodger Negrette’s home the 16200 block of Midway Street (map) in Victorville when someone called 911 at about 8 a.m. Saturday to report that a baby in the home was not breathing, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release.

Two people were providing CPR to the infant when deputies got to the scene, but arriving emergency personnel soon took over and the baby was transported to Victor Valley Hospital, according to the news release.

Medical staff at the hospital determined the girl, identified as Ava Costello, had been physically abused after observing her injuries and notified deputies, the Sheriff’s Department stated.

Rescuers were able to resuscitate Ava, but she was still in critical condition and was air lifted to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.

Ava arrived at the hospital with a severe brain injury and doctor’s, who confirmed her injuries were consistent with child abuse, determined she was not likely to survive.

Ava was allegedly abused by Negrette, a family acquaintance who was supposed to be taking care of her at his home that morning, the Sheriff’s Department stated.

Negrette, 35, was arrested early Sunday morning and booked on suspicion of assault on a child under 8 years of age likely to produce great bodily injury or death.

Ava was pronounced dead at 2:51 p.m. that same day and Negrette was also booked on suspicion of homicide, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Negrette was being held without bail and was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

An autopsy would be conducted to determine Ava’s official cause of death, the Sheriff’s Department stated.

Anyone with information was asked to contact authorities at 909-387-3615.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous may contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463).