Ventura man pleads not guilty to kidnapping, fatally stabbing 18-month-old son


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VENTURA, California — A man charged with stabbing his 18-month-old son to death in Ventura has pleaded not guilty to murder and kidnapping.

Adrian Navarrete-Gonzalez entered the pleas Wednesday.

The Ventura County Star reports that a county grand jury indicted the 28-year-old Navarrete-Gonzalez for first-degree murder with a special circumstance of kidnapping. He was also charged with assault on a child causing death and use of a knife.

Prosecutor Ann Spillner says the evidence showed Navarrete Gonzalez stabbed his young son in the car Jan. 2 before going into his house and calling police.

Police found the boy, named Jacob, dead from a single stab wound.

Spillner says the district attorney has not decided whether to seek the death penalty. Prosecutors have not cited a motive in the child's stabbing.

Information from: Ventura County Star,

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