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Escobar charged in stabbing of infant cousin

May 17, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

Benjamin Jason Escobar, the Huntington Park man arrested in connection with the stabbing of his 7-month-old cousin Monday, has been formally charged with attempted murder by the District Attorney's Office.

Escobar had an arraignment Wednesday. He remained in the county jail with his bail set at $100,000.

There was no information today on the condition of Anthony Escalera, who at last report was being treated in Children's Hospital in San Diego.

A hospital spokeswoman said late Tuesday that Anthony had been upgraded from serious to fair condition. However, Anthony's parents have requested that no further information be provided on his condition.

The stabbing occurred sometime before 3 p.m. Monday.

Anthony was at home with his grandmother, who was baby-sitting him. Escobar and an uncle also were at the home at the time of the incident. Escobar had reportedly been staying at the home for two weeks.


At 3 p.m., the grandmother went to check on Anthony, who she thought was asleep in his crib.

Instead she found a pool of blood. The grandmother started a frantic search for the baby. She knocked on neighbors' doors and people in the area joined the search.

Police were called to the scene and within 15 minutes of their arrival, Imperial police Investigator Ray Valenzuela found the baby in a trash bin face down with a white trash bag covering him.

Anthony had been stabbed in the neck, reportedly with a knife and, had lost a lot of blood.

He was first taken to El Centro Regional Medical Center where he was stabilized. He was then flown to the San Diego-area hospital.

Police found a bloody shirt that reportedly belongs to Escobar.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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