Elizabeth Rodriguez

Father of 13-Month-Old Who Died in Santa Rosa Home, Dies in Hospital

The father of the 13-month-old boy who died in a home in Santa Rosa Saturday afternoon, died from his injuries.

29-year-old Patrick Oneill, the man who was found in the same house lying next to the child, died Monday. Oneill was supposed to be booked into jail after being cleared from the hospital, police said.

The 13-month-old boy and Oneill were found in the same house Saturday. They were rushed to a hospital Saturday afternoon after an acquaintance came to check on them at a western Santa Rosa house, police said.

Police had been called to the house in the 200 block of Darek Drive about 12:50 p.m. Saturday. Officers found the man and the baby lying next to each other on the floor of a back bedroom. Despite lifesaving efforts by medical personnel, the baby was pronounced dead at the scene.

Oneill was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of what police described as "life-threatening injuries." 

Oneill, a Santa Rosa resident, was arrested for murder and was supposed to be booked into jail after being cleared from the hospital, police said.

In addition to the baby and Oneil, police found items "consistent with narcotic use." It wasn't immediately clear, however, what role, if any, drugs played in the baby's death, or how the two were injured.

"We still have some more investigating to do," said Santa Rosa pole Lt. Dan Marincik in an email. "We saw no signs of physical injury, and their was narcotic paraphernalia in the room. We believe that the 29-year-old put the child in a situation that ultimately caused his death.

Police encourage anyone with information about what happened at the Daren Drive house to call the Santa Rosa Police Department's Violent Crimes Investigation Team at (707) 543-3590.

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