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Homicide suspected in death of Menifee infant, parents arrested

The Menifee parents of an infant girl who died have been arrested on suspicion of directly contributing to her death, officials said Wednesday.

Gregory Brandt(Photo courtesy Riverside County Sheriff’s Department)

Gregory Brandt, 33, was arrested on suspicion of killing the 5-week-old infant and Jasmine Rugga, 27, was arrested on suspicion of willful child endangerment, according to jail records.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that the investigation started Jan. 26 after the girl’s death. She died after her parents brought her from their residence on the 2800 block of Avenida Marbella in Menifee to a local hospital, where she was declared dead after medical staff were unable to resuscitate her.

“Evidence surfaced in the following days that led Menifee investigators to believe foul play was involved in the infant’s death,” the statement said.

Jasmine Rugga(Photo courtesy Riverside County Sheriff’s Department)

Both parents were arrested on Monday morning at around 9 a.m. Brandt was transported to the Indio Jail with a $1 million bail, and Rugga was transported to the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta with a $35,000 bail.


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