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Man charged in deaths of girlfriend, unborn baby

December 21, 2011 |  1:23 pm

Willie Davis Hines Jr.San Bernardino County prosecutors on Tuesday charged a man in the killing of his girlfriend and the woman's unborn child, two days after the suspect allegedly went onto Facebook to write about the incident.

The message on his Facebook page said the deaths were an accident.

But authorities booked Willie Davis Hines Jr., 23, into the San Bernardino Central Detention Center on two counts of murder in connection with the death of Tatjana Cruz, 24, and her unborn child.

Hines was arrested after he flagged down a security guard at a mall in San Diego late Monday and told him he was wanted for questioning in a murder, the department said in a statement.

He was being held Tuesday without bail.

Hines allegedly beat Cruz after a dispute, authorities said. She was taken to a hospital, where doctors discovered that the unborn child she was carrying was dead, possibly because of the beating, authorities said. Cruz died at the hospital. 

Afterward, a post appeared on Hines' Facebook page acknowledging that he and Cruz had had a dispute sparked by his revelation that they were no longer in a "monogamous relationship."

The post apologized for Cruz's death and the death of the fetus.

"I know there is no way to believing anything I have to say but just know I am not armed nor am I dangerous," the post said. "I fled the scene, because I don't think there is any way to prove that this is not just a act of pure hate."

San Bernardino County authorities told KABC-TV they were reading the Facebook posts and wanted to ask Hines about them.

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