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Long Beach parents charged in death of infant girl

August 16, 2011 |  4:17 pm

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Two Long Beach parents were charged Tuesday in connection with the death of their infant daughter, police said.

Long Beach Fire Department paramedics tried to save Michaela Cross, who was 31 days old, but pronounced the girl dead at the scene last week after responding to a report of an infant in cardiac arrest in the 600 block of Magnolia Avenue, police said.

An autopsy confirmed investigators' "suspicions that the infant's death was not accidental," the Long Beach Police Department said in a statement. No motive for the crime has been established.

Michael Cross, 42, and Melissa Swanson, 34, both Long Beach residents, were charged Tuesday by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office with one count each of willful cruelty to a child that caused death, police said. Cross was also charged with drug possession.

At least 181 homicides have been reported in Long Beach since January 2007, according to The Times' Homicide Report database.

Anyone with information on Michaela's death is asked to call Det. Greg Krabbe or Det. Mark Bigel at (562) 570-7244.

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Map shows reported homicides in Long Beach since January 2007. Credit: Times Homicide Report

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