A 2-year-old East Palo Alto girl died of blunt-force trauma and her mother's boyfriend now faces murder charges in her death, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said this week.
Adair Jeru Enriquez Zevallos, 24, of East Palo Alto, was arraigned in San Mateo County Superior Court on Monday and was charged with murder and assault on a child causing death. He is the live-in boyfriend of the child's mother.
On Nov. 27, officers responded to a residence on the 300 block of East O'Keefe Street on a report that a young girl was in distress and having trouble breathing. Police and paramedics tried to assist the child, who was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. She died a short time later, East Palo Alto police said.
The girl did not have a medical history related to her symptoms and no apparent injuries, but investigators treated the death as suspicious. An autopsy on Nov. 29 revealed evidence of foul play, which led to Zevallos' arrest.
Zevallos remains in custody without bail. He is scheduled to return to court on Dec. 13 to enter a plea, Wagstaffe said. The child's name has not yet been released.
Anyone who witnessed this incident or has any information about it is urged to contact the East Palo Alto Police Department by contacting Detective Audyama Williams at 650-798-5954. Send an anonymous email to firstname.lastname@example.org or text to 650-409-6792, or leave an anonymous voice mail at 650-409-6792 or 650-853-8477.