Chula Vista baby found dead, dumped in Mexico

Posted at 10:34 PM, Sep 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-07 02:22:15-04

A father wants justice for his 7-month-old son after the baby's body was found Friday wrapped in a small blanket and stuffed in a plastic bag, dumped at a vacant lot in Tijuana.

“It’s sad, it’s sad, like, who would harm a 7-month-old baby, like who does that,” Joany Aguirre said.

Chula Vista police said baby Elliot and his mother, Jasmine Villalobos, 20, both U.S. citizens, and her boyfriend, Luis Espinoza, 22, of Tijuana, were last heard from in late June.

They were living in Tijuana, police said.

Family members became concerned for the child’s welfare and called Chula Vista police.

Thursday, police found the couple in San Diego, but without baby Elliot.

“They automatically asked her, you know, 'where’s the baby?' And she said the baby had died of medical condition terms and what not. She complied to go across the border and locate the body,” Aguirre said.

Mexican investigators told 10News the couple claimed they dropped the baby, panicked and dumped his body in the vacant, trash-littered lot.

“I don’t believe none of their stories,” Aguirre said.

A Mexican investigator said the baby’s body was in the lot for about 20 days.

It will be more difficult to determine how baby Elliot died because his body is so decomposed, she said.

“I want to tell everyone that baby Elliott didn’t deserve this,” Aguirre said. “Who dumps their own child’s body in TJ? Who does that?”

As of Tuesday, no one has been charged with a crime.