Trial reset in case of child’s death

BY DI STAFF | DECEMBER 11, 2012 6:30 AM

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The trial has been reset for a man accused of felony child endangerment in connection with the death of a 20-month-old child, according to online court records.

Jorge Perez, 21, was originally charged with child endangerment without injury, but those charges have since been dropped. He is now charged with child endangerment resulting in death. Perez allegedly left the infant, Marcus Balderas, home alone in April.

According to police reports, Perez admitted to hitting, stepping on, tossing, and dropping Balderas. He also allegedly held a pillow over the child’s face when he wouldn’t fall asleep.

Perez was at first set to go to trial with Mireya Balderas, the child’s mother, but the cases have since been separated.

Perez’s trial is now set to begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 17, 2013, with a pretrial conference scheduled for 3 p.m.  Aug. 30, 2013. His trial was previously set to begin today.

Child endangerment resulting in death is a Class-B felony, punishable by up to 50 years in prison.

— by Sam Lane

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