Ventura man jailed on charge he fatally stabbed 1-year-old son

Ventura man jailed on charge that he fatally stabbed 1-year-old son

A 27-year-old Ventura man arrested last week on suspicion of fatally stabbing his 1-year-old son -- then calling police to report it -- was booked into jail Monday after he was released from the hospital, authorities said.

Adrian Navarrete-Gonzalez, who had injuries to his body, was arrested Friday but underwent treatment while in custody at Ventura County Medical Center, said Cmdr. Darin Schindler of the Ventura Police Department.

Just before 4 p.m. Monday, Navarrete-Gonzalez was discharged from the hospital and booked on a murder charge at the Ventura County Jail, Schindler said.

Police received a 911 call about 1:45 a.m. Friday from Navarrete-Gonzalez, who told dispatchers his son was dead. “That was all he said,” Schindler said.

When officers arrived at the home in the 400 block of Crocker Avenue, they found the boy dead from apparent stabs wound to the upper torso, Schindler said. The boy has been identified as Jacob Navarrete.

Navarrete-Gonzalez himself was rushed to surgery, Schindler said. Police declined to say if he had tried to stab himself.

The suspect had recently split from his wife, and his son was visiting him when he was killed, Schindler said.

According to police, the crime occurred in the father’s room. The man shared the home with eight to 10 others, some of whom rented rooms, Schindler said.

“The other people were unaware anything had happened until we got there,” he said.

Los Angeles Times staff writer Matt Hamilton contributed to this report.

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