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Father to be arraigned in daughter's death

Jose Tulio Deras, 20, of South Gate, allegedly killed his 10-month-old daughter during in a fight with his wife on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011.

January 20, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A South Gate man accused of killing his 10-month-old daughter during a fight with his wife and then fleeing to Mexico was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on murder and other charges.Jose Deras, 20, was set to appear in Downey Superior Court on one count each of murder and assault on a child causing death for the Jan. 15 slaying of his daughter, Valerie. Officials said the baby died of blunt force trauma.

He is also charged with one count of sodomy by use of force, with allegations that he used a knife and tied and bound his wife.

The Salvadoran immigrant was detained Monday in Mexico City. Mexican immigration officials escorted him to LAX on Wednesday, where he was turned over to Customs and Border Protection officers.

Deras was being held in lieu of $5 million bail. If convicted, he could face up to 50 years to life in prison.

City News Service contributed to his report.