Convicted child killer sentenced to death

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. In July, a jury convicted 29-year-old Antonio Rodriguez of the first-degree murder of Desarie Saravia. She died on Nov. 12, 2004, after being sexually assaulted and beaten in the women's restroom at /*Hasley Canyon Park*/ in Castaic.

Rodriguez was also convicted of torture, child abuse, corporal injury to a child, sexual penetration by a foreign object and assault on a child causing death.

The child's 32-year-old mother, Debby Saravia, is currently awaiting trial. She is charged in the same case with murder, two counts of child abuse and two counts of corporal injury to a child. If convicted, she faces a sentence of up to life in state prison.

Authorities arrested the couple in November 2004 after paramedics responded to a call in Castaic and found the girl in convulsions. She was pronounced dead at the hospital. The boy was also hospitalized.

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