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South Gate man sought in death of baby daughter

January 16, 2011 | 12:33 pm

Map shows location of Saturday's incident in purple, as well as nearby homicides, in red, since January 2007. Click for more details on The Times’ interactive Homicide Report.

Authorities on Sunday were searching for a South Gate man wanted in connection with the death of his 10-month-old daughter.

Jose Deras, 20, was last seen driving a black, four-door 2008 Nissan Sentra with the California license plate 6FYB170, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Deras allegedly assaulted his wife and baby on Saturday around 5:40 p.m. at their home in the 5100 block of McCallum Avenue, according to the South Gate Police Department. Authorities said the infant died of blunt-force trauma.

Sheriff homicide detectives were later called to assist South Gate police in the death investigation.

Deras is described as a Latino man, about 5 feet 8 inches and 160 pounds, with a dragon tattoo on his right shoulder and skulls inked above it. He has curly black hair, a slight moustache and goatee.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts can call the sheriff's homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500 or the South Gate Police Department at (323) 563-5400. Callers also can make anonymous tips by dialing (800) 222-8477.


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Map: Shows location of Saturday 's incident in purple, as well as 36 other homicides, in red, since January 2007. Credit: Homicide Report

Photo: Jose Deras allegedly assaulted his wife and 10-month-old daughter in South Gate. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Click to visit The Times' interactive Homicide Report