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Man held after Facebook post on girlfriend’s death

A San Bernardino County man accused in the beating death of his pregnant girlfriend was arrested after a post appeared on his Facebook page implying that her death was an accident.

Willie Davis Hines Jr., 23, was booked into the San Bernardino County Central Detention Center on two counts of murder in connection with the death of Tatjana Cruz, 24, and the fetus she was carrying, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday. He was being held without bail.

Hines allegedly beat Cruz after a dispute, authorities said. Afterward, a post appeared on Hines’ Facebook page acknowledging a dispute sparked by his revelation that they were no longer in a “monogamous relationship.”

The post apologized for Cruz’s death and the death of the fetus. “Just know I am not armed nor am I dangerous,” the post said. “I fled the scene, because I don’t think there is any way to prove that this is not just a act of pure hate.”

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Authorities said they were investigating whether Hines or someone else wrote the post.

robert.lopez@latimes.com


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