A Los Angeles man has been arrested in connection with the death of his 10-month-old son in a North Long Beach motel Wednesday morning, police said today.
Jeremy Wade, 23, was arrested on suspicion of murder at the Scottish Inns Long Beach, in the 5400 block of Atlantic Avenue, police said.
Police said they responded to the motel around 7 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, after a call regarding a domestic violence incident.
When police arrived in the area, Wade’s girlfriend said he had allegedly assaulted her, and that he was asleep with their child in the motel, according to the LBPD.
Officers said they located Wade and an unresponsive 10-month-old infant inside a motel room. Police provided aid to the baby until the Long Beach Fire Department arrived to transport him to a nearby hospital where he died from his injuries, LBPD said.
“Due to the suspicious circumstances of the incident,” homicide detectives responded to the scene to investigate, police said.
During their investigation, police said, detectives discovered evidence that Wade had harmed the baby, leading to his arrest.
Wade is being held at Long Beach Jail on $2 million bail, police said.
Prosecutors haven’t yet filed charges against him, but, “Detectives anticipate presenting the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office later this week for filing consideration,” police said in a statement.
On Wednesday, yellow tape blocked off the motel parking lot all morning as squad cars came and went. A handful of neighbors stepped outside the gated apartment complex next door, wondering if police would update them on what was going on.
The manager of the Scottish Inns Long Beach, who preferred to go by her surname, Patel, said that she did not know what happened at the inn Wednesday morning, other than police asking to check one of the rooms.
Juan Correa, who owns an architecture business two buildings down from the motel, said he got to work early Wednesday morning to find multiple squad cars in front of the motel.
Shortly after, Correa said he saw police detain a man and a woman, with the man shouting “I love you, baby,” over and over again, Correa said.
Police urged anyone with information regarding this incident to call detectives at 562-570-7244.