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Accused Castroville Baby Killer Pleads Not Guilty

Jesus Vargas Espinoza appeared in court on Tuesday on charges of killing a 10-month-old baby that was found in a Salinas field.

A man accused of killing a 10-month-old Castroville girl who was in his care pleaded not guilty in Monterey County Superior Court this afternoon.

In a brief appearance in a Salinas courtroom, 47-year-old Jesus Vargas Espinoza pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, child endangerment and child endangerment causing death.

Dressed in orange-and-white striped jail clothing with his hands cuffed in front of him, Espinoza, who is balding with a gray beard, entered his pleas through his public defender.

Espinoza was arrested in Los Angeles County on Feb. 18 on suspicion of murdering Angelle Jenisis Negron, his girlfriend's infant daughter.

He is being held in Monterey County Jail without bail and will return to court on March 27 for a preliminary hearing.

Outside of court this afternoon, the girl's mother, Susan Morales, told reporters she wants justice to be served.

"I have questions and no answers, and he has them all," she said of Espinoza.

Angelle, who was born last April 16 in Santa Cruz, was found dead in a field off of Market Street just outside Salinas city limits on Feb. 19. Her family had reported her missing several days earlier.

Angelle's grandmother, Pompey Morales, said the family had left her in Espinoza's care on Feb. 2 but that he did not return the baby as promised.

Morales said Espinoza and his daughter repeatedly made excuses forwhy they did not return the infant, including that they were taking her to Disneyland.

The baby's mother had been dating Espinoza for about six months, the grandmother said.

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Alyssa Silva February 27, 2013 at 05:17 AM
How can justice be served if the baby's mother & grandmother are not held accountable for abandoning a helpless baby for over two weeks. Not only did they hand their 10 month old baby over to the care of a 47 year old man with a known criminal history who was frequently seen drunk in the local bars, but they never went to check on her once during her extended stay with this man. The mother & grandmother are clearly responsible for placing this baby in a very dangerous situation which led to her death. If the mother is not held accountable for the choices she made which ultimately led to the death of her daughter then what does that say of us as a society if we accept this form of child endangerment to continue as acceptable and unpunishable with our children's lives at risk from this type of abuse?
Susan March 12, 2013 at 03:40 AM
Maybe you have a point. And ill take wat I deserve. But still justice to b served on jesus for burying my daughter under a bridge

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