Update: Camp Pendleton Marine accused of fatally beating son sentenced to 15 years in state prison

OCEANSIDE (KUSI) — Wednesday — A Camp Pendleton Marine who fatally beat his 7-month-old son after taking physical custody of the child was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years to life in state prison.

Stanford Morocho, 23, pleaded guilty in March to second-degree murder.

Morocho’s live-in girlfriend, Savoeun Meas, who is not the baby’s mother, pleaded guilty to felony child endangerment and faces up to six years in prison when she is sentenced May 18.

2/20/2016 — A Camp Pendleton Marine who fatally beat his 7-month-old son pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder.

Stanford Morocho, 23, will be sentenced to 15 years to life in prison on May 4.

Deputy District Attorney Ryan Saunders said at an earlier hearing that Morocho shared custody of his son, Emilio, with the child’s mother, with whom the defendant no longer had a relationship.

Morocho took physical custody of the baby on Dec. 2, 2014, and by the morning of Dec. 12, the child was dead, according to the prosecutor.

During that time frame, the defendant inflicted various forms of abuse on the baby, Saunders said. Emilio suffered significant bruising on his body and face, a skull fracture, rib fractures and internal bleeding, according to the prosecutor.

During an interview with Oceanside police detectives, Morocho made incriminating statements about the case, according to authorities.

12/16/2014 —  A man accused of inflicting injuries on his 7-month-old son that led to the infant’s death pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder and assault charges.

Stanford Morocho, 22, was ordered held on $5 million bail.

Deputy District Attorney Ryan Saunders told Judge Martin Staven that Morocho shared custody of the victim with the child’s mother, with whom the defendant no longer has a relationship.

Morocho took physical custody of the baby on Dec. 2. and by the morning of Dec. 12, the child was dead, according to Saunders.

During that time frame, the defendant allegedly inflicted various forms of physical abuse on the baby, Saunders told the judge.

As a result of the defendant’s alleged abuse, his son suffered significant bruising throughout his body and face, a skull fracture, rib fractures and internal bleeding, according to the prosecutor.

Morocho was arrested Friday after the baby was pronounced dead at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton.

During an interview with detectives, Morocho allegedly made incriminating statements about the case, according to Oceanside police Lt. Sean Marchand.

Morocho will be back in court Dec. 26 for a readiness conference and Dec. 31 for a preliminary hearing. He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

12/14/2014 — A 7-month-old boy died of suspicious injuries at a Camp Pendleton hospital Friday, after which his father was arrested on suspicion of killing him, authorities reported.

Medical staffers at Naval Hospital notified Oceanside police about the case shortly before 5:30 a.m., Oceanside Police Department Lt. Sean Marchand said.

Due to the severity of the child’s condition, he was transferred to another trauma center, where he was pronounced dead later in the morning.

The exact cause of the infant’s death was under investigation.

During an interview with detectives, the child’s father, Stanford Morocho, 22, allegedly incriminating statements, Marchand said.

Morocho was booked into county jail in Vista on suspicion of murder. He was being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

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