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D.A.: Man who squeezed baby to death hurt another infant

A man accused of fatally squeezing an 18-month-old baby girl to death is scheduled to be arraigned Friday as prosecutors alleged he hurt another baby in a similar fashion in 2009.

Juan Carlos Aguilar, 25, of Santa Ana is accused of squeezing Megan Rodriguez to death on the morning of July 9 after he was left at home alone to care for her, the Orange County district attorney's office said in a news release. Megan's mother, the sister of Aguilar's girlfriend, had gone to work at a hotel in Newport Beach, and his girlfriend had gone to the market, according to the Daily Pilot.

According to the news release, Aguilar squeezed Megan's rib cage with his hands, causing traumatic injuries that made it hard for her to breathe. When Aguilar's girlfriend came home, she found the girl limp and struggling to breathe, prosecutors said in the release.

According to the D.A.'s office, when Aguilar is arraigned Friday, the criminal complaint against him will be amended because he allegedly did a similar thing to a 3-month-old relative in 2009. In that case, Aguilar allegedly squeezed the baby so hard that he fractured her rib cage. That baby survived.

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-- Lauren Williams, Times Community News

 
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