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Post by Nama on Mon Oct 05, 2009 4:56 pm

SAN ANTONIO -- The mother of Jayda De La Rosa, the 7-week-old girl who was found dead outside a West Side fire station on Tuesday, was picked up by police Thursday night.

Friday morning, the child's 16-year-old mother learned she would stay in juvenile detention for at least two more weeks.

The judge determined the teen mom should stay in custody until her next hearing, Oct. 9.

The mother faces a charge of "injury to a child by omission" in connection with the baby's death. Police say she didn’t stop her baby from being hurt.

Ramiro De La Rosa, Jayda’s father, is in jail charged with injury to a child.

The couple's other child, a 1-year-old boy, remains in the custody of Child Protective Services.



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Post by Nama on Mon Oct 05, 2009 5:05 pm

Weeks before a young father admitted to choking and beating his infant daughter, foreboding signs abounded.

Ramiro De La Rosa, an 18-year-old drug offender who had been a fugitive for more than a year, told a friend he didn't want his baby and thought he could sell her for cash, according to the friend, 17-year-old Joe Rodriguez.

The baby's mother, a 16-year-old high school dropout, relentlessly knocked at neighbors' doors and begged for money, once seeming disappointed when she received diapers instead, another neighbor said.

The home in which the young couple, the baby and their 1-year-old son were staying without paying rent appeared trashed and without furniture, according to a landlord who owns the property.

And then there was something Rodriguez noticed when the couple took the infant out for a stroll about two weeks ago.

“The baby had a bruise on her face,” he said Thursday.

Despite the signs, no one alerted Child Protective Services until Wednesday morning, when a paramedic found 7-week old Jada De La Rosa dead outside a West Side fire station a few blocks from the rental house in which the couple lived.

De La Rosa later admitted to police that he'd choked the baby and slapped her across the face because she wouldn't stop crying, according to an affidavit for an arrest warrant. He said the beating occurred about three days earlier, but admitted he often struck the infant.

De La Rosa was charged with injury to a child and remained Thursday at the Bexar County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

The baby's mother told police Jada had already stopped breathing when she and De La Rosa placed her outside the fire station and rang a doorbell around 4 a.m. Wednesday. She returned to her own mother's home after her baby's death.

Child Protective Services took custody of her son, who had an “abrasive red mark on his neck,” CPS spokeswoman Mary Walker said. The boy was placed in a shelter.

Jada's death is the latest in a history of infant deaths in San Antonio, where most recently a 33-year-old mother suffering from mental illness was charged with stabbing and decapitating her 4-week-old baby in July.

In the current case, Eloisa Mata said her teenage daughter was taking the situation “very hard.”

“We're going to try and get (the boy) back,” she said.

Yet Mata could not explain how her daughter's lifestyle had spiraled into such a deplorable state at such a young age.

Mata was living with her daughter in a dilapidated house in the 1800 block of North Navidad when Jada was born Aug. 4.

But Mata moved out two weeks later, taking the key to the place and leaving her daughter behind, according to the landlord, who asked not to be identified out of fear of retaliation.

De La Rosa, who was released from jail on a drug charge in July, joined the teenage girl in the house.

He had been arrested as a juvenile and sent to a drug-rehab facility in Taft, a city near the coast, according to David Reilly, chief of the Bexar County Juvenile Probation Department.

When Hurricane Ike threatened Texas in September 2008, De La Rosa was evacuated to The Bridge, a children's emergency shelter in San Antonio. That month, he disappeared.

“He absconded from The Bridge,” Reilly said.

A probation officer called the boy's mother for months and left messages but never got a call back, Reilly said.

“When a kid gets a warrant, nobody really goes out and looks for him,” he said.

But if an officer picks up someone with a juvenile warrant, then the officer should notify the Juvenile Probation Department, Reilly said. De La Rosa was arrested at least twice after he escaped, but no one acted on the warrant, Reilly said.

De La Rosa was arrested for taking someone's truck and charged with theft in December 2008, a case that was dismissed, court records show.

He was arrested again in March when police discovered 0.6 gram of heroin on him. He was released from jail and sentenced to deferred adjudication in July.

“I don't know why they wouldn't have seen that there was a warrant out for him,” Reilly said. “They should have notified us that they had him.”

A police spokesperson couldn't be reached for comment late Thursday.

De La Rosa soon moved in with the mother of his children. Mata said she lost contact with her teenage daughter in those weeks.

“Nobody was there when we would go by,” she said. De La Rosa “wouldn't let us talk to her.”

Rodriguez, the neighbor, said he sometimes heard De La Rosa yelling at the children inside the house. He suspected abuse but never called authorities.

“I didn't want them to take away the little kids, especially the little girl, because I would have felt bad,” he said. “Now that this has happened, I should've just done it. I feel bad for not knowing.”

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Post by Nama on Mon Oct 05, 2009 5:10 pm

Thank goodness the mother of this poor baby has also been arrested.

While a note attached to the abandoned infant falsely identified the baby as s Erica Laura Hernandez, authorities say they learned the child's true identity through a tip from an unidentified caller.

The caller led authorities to De La Rosa's home, where the infant's 16-year-old mother allegedly admitted she and De La Rosa abandoned the infant outside the fire station after the baby stopped breathing.


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Post by artgal16 on Mon Oct 05, 2009 5:20 pm

All minor girls that deliver children should immediately come under the jurisdiction of social services with follow up visits to make sure that the baby is being taken care of, either than or NO minor mother should be allowed to keep the child unless an adult relative signs on as he legal guardian until the minor mother is of age = period. How many times does this have to happen before we get some common sense? Theres no excuse for this happening time after time -
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Post by Nama on Mon Oct 05, 2009 5:25 pm

by artgal16 Today at 5:20 pm All minor girls that deliver children should immediately come under the jurisdiction of social services with follow up visits to make sure that the baby is being taken care of, either than or NO minor mother should be allowed to keep the child unless an adult relative signs on as he legal guardian until the minor mother is of age = period.
I agree with you. Where was this girls mother? If, God forbid, my 16 year old daughter had 2 small babies I would be there helping......or maybe this is how she raised her children and it was the norm for this family. I don't believe that her mother didn't know what a horrible situation these two babies were living in. I wonder if the young mother was on welfare?

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Post by Nama on Mon Oct 05, 2009 5:38 pm

The young father of a 7-week-old infant found dead outside a West Side fire station secluded himself in his home for hours until police officers swarmed it and arrested him Wednesday evening.

Before that, 18-year-old Ramiro De La Rosa ignored repeated knocks on his door and opened it only once, slipping a piece of paper outside. The terse, handwritten note read: “don't want to talk about it, do not know how she passed away but her are her pic!”

Attached to the paper was a proof sheet of two photos showing a sleeping, dark-haired newborn wrapped in a white blanket. They were photos of Jada De La Rosa, who was found dead about 7 a.m. outside Fire Station 10 in the 1100 block of Culebra Road. The fire station is three blocks from De La Rosa's house.

De La Rosa lowered his head and kept silent as police escorted him outside the wood-frame home he was sharing with the baby's 16-year-old mother and their 1-year-old son. He was arrested on a charge of injury to a child and remained in Bexar County Jail on $100,000 bond.

Baby Jada was wrapped in a blanket in a car seat when firefighters found her outside the fire station, nearly three hours after the parents rang the fire station's doorbell, according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained late Wednesday. A note was found with the infant's body identifiying her as Erica Laura Hernandez and went on to say the child needed immediate medical attention. The baby had bruising to her face, the affidavit said.

Police tried to obtain additonal information about the infant but were unable to locate any child recently born with the name provided on the note. The name was then given to the Police Department's Public Information Office to alert media in order to get the public's assistance with the case.

Police received a call around noon Wednesday and the caller stated the description of the victim matched one of a child living at a home in the 1800 block of Navidad Street. When authorities arrived they contacted the victim's mother and father. The mother initially said her son was the only child she had, but then recanted and said she had a baby girl. She admitted that she and the father both wrote the letter and dropped off the baby at the fire station. The mother told police they provided a false name because she was scared and didn't want to get into trouble. She also stated the baby stopped breathing before they arrived at the fire station, the affidavit said.

The mother also told police the suspect had recently choked and slapped the baby because the baby would not stop crying. The father confirmed the accusation and added he often struck the baby because he would get frustrated with her, according to the affidavit.

“In this particular case, information from the public was essential in assisting with the investigation,” said Matthew Porter, a Police Department spokesman.

Throughout Wednesday morning, authorities were unable to say if Baby Jada was alive when the parents rang the firestation's doorbell. A firefighter who looked through the peephole of the front door didn't see anyone or hear anything, and so he didn't open the door, authorities said. The baby remained outside.

An autopsy had not been completed Wednesday evening, officials said.

It was not until the early morning, when a paramedic walked outside to retrieve the newspaper, that the baby was found “completely covered” in a car seat facing the front door, according to a police report.

Per an unwritten but understood San Antonio Fire Department policy, officials at Fire Station 10 don't answer the doorbell overnight if they don't see anyone outside. But if someone rings the emergency bell, which is above the doorbell, the entire station is alerted, said Melissa Sparks, a department spokeswoman.

“Being on this busy corner, we get the doorbell rung frequently,” Fire Chief Charles Hood said, “but we're going to have to look at our procedures.”

Hood said the four firefighters and two paramedics who were at the station when the infant was found were shaken by the incident and that a department chaplain was made available.

“They were very shocked,” Hood said. “It's something that no one wants to find — the sad thing is a life was lost, and it was a child.”

San Antonio fire stations are designated “safe baby sites” under the Baby Moses law, which gives mothers the ability to surrender a child — no questions asked — as long as the child is 60 days old or younger and in good health.

But, Sparks said, whoever left the baby failed to follow a significant step: Handing the child to a person.

“You must physically hand over the child,” Sparks said. “You can't just ring the bell and leave.”

Porter, the police spokesman, said Child Protective Services is investigating and trying to find appropriate care for the couple's boy, who was being evaluated at an area hospital Wednesday afternoon.

The couple's landlord, who declined to be identified, said she rented the house to the 16-year-old's mother and her boyfriend in February, but that after they moved out, the daughter and De La Rosa continued to live in the house. Even though rent had not been paid in three months, the landlord said she didn't evict them because she felt sorry for the young couple.

Mary Garcia, one of De La Rosa's neighbors, said Jada's mother would walk around the neighborhood asking for money, diapers and food for her baby.

“Sometimes she would come and knock on the door late at night and ask for money,” she said. “It would be after 11 o'clock at night when she'd come by. I felt sorry for her, so we would give her stuff.”

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Post by artgal16 on Mon Oct 05, 2009 5:58 pm

I dont think we can realize exactly how the poor live-
the breakdown in the family is so complete it makes it it very difficult to break that cycle. The answer has to be from intervention by society at some point because
poverty, lack of basic care for themselves and their children, substandard living conditions from slumlords
all contribute. The state has to step in, when a child delivers a child, they should not release the baby into the care of a minor. This is the first step into possibly
some of these kids actually getting some kind of help.
The mother of the girl could only cope with what she could handle - the girl having a baby might have been the catalyst to the mother not be able to handle more and she left. I dont know for sure, just guessing here.
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Post by Wrapitup on Mon Oct 05, 2009 11:55 pm

My Lord, this is horrific. I just cannot believe that noone - the neighbors for example - called CPS!! The mother was begging her neighbors..going from door to door. If she had come to my door begging for me to give her money for her child, I would have called 911 immediately. WTH is wrong with people??

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Post by Guest on Wed Nov 11, 2009 8:05 am

De La Rosa lowered his head and kept silent as police escorted him outside the wood-frame home he was sharing with the baby's 16-year-old mother and their 1-year-old son.

:evil: That made this girl 15 yrs old when the baby was born. Where are the Grandparents of these babies? How can they just turn a blind eye to the fact 15 yr old girls are not ready to be a Mom.
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Post by CritterFan1 on Fri Nov 13, 2009 6:50 am

Poor poor baby Jada. She did not have a chance. Thankfully her brother has a chance at a happy life now.
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Post by Nama on Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:47 pm

The teen mother of a malnourished infant found dead in front of a fire station last year will be tried as an adult, a state district judge ruled Friday.

Investigators said Julie Navejar, 16, admitted she didn't seek help for her 7-week-old daughter, Jayda De La Rosa, after the baby stopped breathing about 1 a.m. Sept. 23. Navejar has been charged with injury to a child by omission.

Authorities said Navejar and her boyfriend, Ramiro De La Rosa, spent several hours after the baby died crafting a misleading note before leaving the infant swaddled in a car seat outside a West Side station.

De La Rosa, 18, remained Friday in the Bexar County Jail awaiting trial in connection with the baby's death. He has been charged with injury to a child causing serious bodily injury, a first-degree felony.

“I've seen a lot, but there's always something new and different, and this crime shocks the conscience,” juvenile court Judge Carmen Kelsey said before agreeing with prosecutors that Navejar should be tried as an adult.

“There's no reason the mother of that child didn't take the baby to the closest law enforcement person for help before that baby was so sick she was going to die,” Kelsey said. “It's inexcusable.”

The judge then set bail for Navejar at $100,000, and she was taken to the Bexar County Jail. Treated as an adult, Navejar is facing up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the second-degree felony.

During the hearing's closing arguments, prosecutor Khristina Fielder said there wouldn't be enough time to rehabilitate Navejar, whom Fielder described as a heroin addict, in the juvenile system.

San Antonio homicide Detective Jesse Salame testified the baby was gaunt with sunken eyes when she was found. She had bruising and burns on her face, a layer of skin was missing from both feet and she had severe diaper rash, Salame said. He also said Jayda's right index finger was black, the possible result of a burn.

Jayda's weight at the autopsy was 4.5 pounds, he said. The Bexar County medical examiner's office determined the cause of death was “cocaine toxicity combined with starvation resulting in terminal pneumonia,” according to the detective.

In an interview with police, Navejar said the couple never wanted Jayda, Salame testified.

“She told me that she knew she didn't feed the baby like she was supposed to,” he said, explaining that the teen described the infant as living a “solitary life” in which she was “alone in the bouncer or the stroller most of the time and nobody really paid attention to her.”

Defense attorney Raymond De Leon argued that it was a lack of sophistication and a lack of financial means that prevented the young parents from seeking immediate help. And it is De La Rosa, not Navejar, who is accused of abusing the baby, he pointed out.

“The father of the child was clearly the more culpable person,” De Leon said outside the courtroom.

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The teenage mother of a bruised and malnourished baby found dead outside a San Antonio fire station last year will be tried as an adult.

Juvenile court Judge Carmen Kelsey ruled Friday that Julie Navejar, 16, will face a second-degree felony charge of injury to a child by omission.

If convicted, Navejar could face up to 20 years in prison.

Defense attorney Raymond De Leon said his client did not seek immediate help for 7-week-old Jayda De La Rosa because Navejar was poor and unsophisticated.

Navejar's 18-year-old boyfriend, Ramiro De La Rosa, awaits trial on a charge of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury.

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Post by Nama on Thu Mar 17, 2011 3:29 am

Offender Name: JULIE ANN NAVEJAR
Offender ID: 0262449
Date of Birth: 08/21/1993
Age: 17
Race: White
Gender: Female

Custody Status: In Custody
Location of Offender: BEXAR COUNTY JAIL

She's still in custody, but I can't find any updates on the case.

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