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Ventura mother pleads guilty to killing 22-month-old son

Jessica Navarro
Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Jessica Navarro, 31, of Ventura

VENTURA, Calif. - A Ventura woman pleaded guilty Thursday to killing her 22-month-old son in 2016.

Jessica Navarro, 31, of Ventura pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of her son, Guillermo. Navarro was 27 at the time.

Navarro was arrested in June 2016, after her son was found unresponsive in bed. According to the Ventura County District Attorney's Office, Navarro originally claimed that Guillermo was injured after falling from his crib. The boy was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

An autopsy later revealed that the boy had suffered "severe internal blunt force injuries." Navarro was later questioned by detectives and admitted to repeatedly striking the boy because he wouldn't stop crying.

Navarro is being held without bail in the Ventura County Jail. She is expected to be sentenced in February. She faces a possible sentence of 15 years to life in prison.

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