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Stepfather arrested in 3-year-old's death

January 25, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
The stepfather of a toddler found dead in Cabazon was arrested on charges of murder and child abuse.Riverside County Sheriff's deputies said they went to a home in the 14600 block of Cabazon Street after receiving a 911 call early Sunday morning. They said 3-year-old Ramon Jimenez was severely injured and was not breathing. He was rushed to the San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital in Banning, where he was pronounced dead.

The boy's stepfather, 32-year-old Jesse Martinez, Jr., is being held on $1 million bail. His first court appearance was scheduled for Wednesday.

Anyone with information in the case was urged to call the Riverside County Sheriff's Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777 or the Cabazon Station at (951) 922-7100.

The Associated Press and City News Service contributed to this report.