By Anthony Saude
Ontario – A mother was taken into police custody early on May 29, after she, allegedly, struck her boyfriend and their 7-month-old daughter with her vehicle resulting in the child’s death. The boyfriend, and father of the child, suffered minor injuries.
According to investigators, the infant’s mother, 19-year old Sarah Marie Gomez, and her 21-year-old boyfriend and father of the baby, had been drinking at a family party just a few streets away. The couple had been arguing on and off throughout the day. The couple left the party, with their child, just before midnight and the arguing continued. Gomez was driving home when her boyfriend got out of the car and took the baby with him. Authorities said Gomez then intentionally struck him with her vehicle while he was carrying their child outside a home on the 500 block of West D Street in Ontario. Family members immediately took the father and child to a hospital where, sadly, the baby died. According to hospital reports, the child’s injuries were consistent with being hit by a car. The father was released from the hospital after receiving treatment for minor scrapes and bruises sustained in the incident.
Police are still investigating the father’s reason for exiting the vehicle with the child. Sgt. Jeff Higbee of the Ontario Police Department said “He got out of the car with the baby, and that’s when she struck them,” “But we’re not certain yet how that happened. That’s still under investigation.” He went on to say “It appears alcohol was involved,”.
Gomez was initially arrested at the hospital and taken to West Valley Detention Center on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. According to court records, she is now being charged with Vehicular Manslaughter with Gross Negligence, Child Cruelty resulting in injury or death and DUI causing bodily injury. She is being held on $100,000 bail.■