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Couple charged in child's beating death

April 16, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Long Beach couple is expected to be arraigned early next week in connection with the fatal beating of a 2-year-old boy, the District Attorney's Office announced.Deputy District Attorney Lesley Klein of the Long Beach Branch Office said Hector Ernest, 26, and Cameo Green, 22, are due to be arraigned in Department J of Long Beach Superior Court on April 19.

Ernest is charged with one count each of murder, assault on a child causing death and child abuse. The complaint also alleges a 2009 conviction of having a concealed firearm in a vehicle. Green is charged with one count of child abuse. The complaint further alleges that Green failed to protect the child, resulting in his death.

Green is the boy's biological mother. Ernest is her boyfriend.

Prosecutors allege that Ernest inflicted the injury that led to the death of Deandre G. on March 20. The boy lived with both defendants at a Long Beach apartment.

Bail for Ernest and Green was recommended at $ 1 million each. If convicted as charged, Green faces a maximum state prison term of 10 years and Ernest faces a maximum term of 25 years to life.