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San Bernardino County man and his 9-month-old son found dead in apparent murder-suicide

January 31, 2010 |  7:11 pm

A 25-year-old San Bernardino County man and his 9-month-old son, whom the man had taken under court-ordered visitation, were found dead early this morning in his vehicle in what authorities are investigating as a murder-suicide.

Stephen Garcia of Pinon Hills and his son Wyatt of Yucca Valley were found dead from unspecified traumatic injuries after the Hesperia sheriff’s station received a call Saturday night that Garcia had threatened to kill Wyatt and then himself, according to a statement from the San Bernardino County coroner’s office.

The vehicle was found on a rural dirt road in Twin Peaks about 1:20 a.m. Sunday morning. Autopsies will be performed later this week to determine the exact causes of the deaths.

-- Kenneth R. Weiss