SJ Man Charged in Infant's Death

A little boy died while in the care of a babysitter and now police say they know what (or who) killed him.

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    A San Jose man is behind bars for what police say is an act of murder. The victim is a little boy just 17-months old. (Published Wednesday, Aug 22, 2012)

    The San Jose police announced a break in the case of a little boy who died more than four months ago.

    Police arrested the boyfriend of the infant's babysitter, Alejandro Benitez, last Friday on suspicion of murder with special circumstances.

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    Benitez was booked into the Santa Clara County jail in San Jose. His bail is $500,000.

    The little boy died on April 11. Someone called 911 to report a 17-month old child in distress.

    The baby, who is not being named, was taken to a nearby hospital where he died.
     
    The following investigation revealed the victim was being cared for by his babysitter, at the babysitter's home in the 2100 block of Mendota Way when the homicide happened.

    "The investigation also revealed Benitez is the boyfriend of the victim's babysitter," police said.
     
    Even though the crime happened months ago, San Jose investigators declared the baby's death the city's 32nd homicide of 2012.

    Police said the case remains under investigation and that no further details would be released.
     
    Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Homicide Investigations Unit, at (408) 277-5283. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can call the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-STOP (7867), or may visit: http://svcrimestoppers.org/.

    Persons providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect may be eligible for a cash reward from the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.