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Monterey Park man arrested in death of pregnant wife

February 5, 2012 |  7:28 pm

Monterey park homicide
A Monterey Park man was arrested Sunday in connection with the death of his pregnant wife following a domestic violence incident, authorities said.

Hongxin Liu, 41, was booked on suspicion of murder after his 39-year-old wife, Chenan Bao, died as a result of injuries sustained in a "domestic violence altercation" that occurred about 7 a.m. at the couple's Monterey Park home, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Monterey Park police and fire officials responded Sunday morning to a report of a death at the couple's home in the 1000 block of Ynez Avenue. They found Bao's body and pronounced her dead at the scene.

Sheriff's homicide detectives were called to the home after a coroner's investigator found suspicious marks on Bao, who authorities said was three months pregnant.

Detectives took Liu into custody, interviewed him and placed him under arrest about 2:48 p.m. He is being held in lieu of $1-million bail.

The couple's 2-year-old daughter was put in the custody of child-welfare authorities.

The exact cause of Bao's death has yet to be determined.


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Map: Approximate location of the incident, in black. Credit: Los Angeles Times