For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
WOMAN, BROTHER, AND SISTER INDICTED BY GRAND JURY FOR MURDERING WOMAN’S BABY BOY AFTER INFLICTING REPEATED INJURIES TO THE HEAD
SANTA ANA – A woman and her brother and sister have been indicted by the Orange County Grand Jury for murdering the woman’s baby boy after inflicting repeated injuries to the head. The baby’s mother Noel Lynn Hurtado, 27, aunt Ilene Irene Hurtado, 28, and uncle Timothy Seymour Hurtado, 21, all of Anaheim, were each indicted on one felony count of murder and one felony count of assault on a child with force likely to produce great bodily injury resulting in death. Timothy Hurtado, who was 16 years old at the time and was direct filed as an adult, was indicted on an additional felony count of intimidating a witness. If convicted, Noel and Ilene Hurtado face a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison and Timothy Hurtado faces a maximum sentence of 28 years to life in state prison. The defendants are being held on $1 million bail each and are expected to be arraigned on the indictment July 30, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-5, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office released a press release Dec. 3, 2010, with the following information on the case against Noel, Ilene, and Timothy Hurtado:
On Aug. 16, 2007, Noel Hurtado and Ilene Hurtado are accused of taking Noel Hurtado’s 23-month-old son, Dartanian Hurtado, to Anaheim Memorial Hospital. The victim was already deceased when doctors examined him. It was determined that the victim had died due to brain swelling caused by chronic injury to the head. The Anaheim Police Department began an investigation into the baby’s death.
On Nov. 19, 2010, Noel and Timothy Hurtado were arrested by police after being linked to the baby’s murder. Ilene Hurtado was arrested Dec. 2, 2010.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Howard Gundy of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.