A mother and father of a 4-month-old girl who died New Year’s Eve in Downey were charged Monday with child abuse and murder, prosecutors said.
The baby, identified only as Savanah L., died of blunt-force trauma and showed signs of abuse, authorities said.
Her parents, Ashley Debra Jones and Johnathan Lucero, both 23, were being held on $2-million bail. If convicted, they face maximum sentences of life in prison.
A 911 call from a family member tipped police to the situation, a Los Angeles County district attorney's office spokeswoman said.
A Downey Police Department detective who is investigating the case could not be immediately reached for comment.
[For the record, 5:28 p.m., Jan. 6: A previous version of this post cited prosecutors saying Jones and Lucero had plead not guilty. Prosecutors later corrected their statement, saying Jones and Lucero had not yet been arraigned.]