I-Team: Parents accused of starving baby to death indicted by the grand jury

LAS VEGAS - The parents of a 5-month-old baby who only weighed 5 pounds when he died, were indicted Friday by the grand jury. 

The prosecutor said the case was like nothing he's ever seen.
Anthony Oceja and Loreana Martinez were transported to the Clark County Detention Center where both face charges of:

  • Murder
  • Child abuse/neglect
  • Willful/malicious maim/torture/kill dog/cat/animal (3 counts)

According to an arrest report, the medical examiner who performed an autopsy on baby Hannibal Oceja on Feb. 27 told police there wasn’t any sign of trauma, but there was a cause for concern giving how light the baby's weight was. 

To put things into perspective, when the baby was born he weighed 6 pounds 2 ounces. According to medical personnel, a 5-month-old baby should be between 15-20 pounds.

The coroner also said the baby had white gums, which is an indication of dehydration.

On Feb. 25, the baby’s mother, Martinez called Metro Police's 2-1-1 number to report that her baby wasn’t breathing. The baby was rushed to Sunrise Hospital where he died. 

During the transport, medical personnel told dispatchers that the baby appeared to be malnourished and emaciated because his bones and rib cage could easily be seen and his spinal cord appeared as if it was about to poke out of his skin.

The report states that back in December 2017, the child’s doctor told the mother that her baby appeared to be failing to thrive because he didn't weight enough for his age. At that time, the child was around 9 pounds.

The doctor told Martinez to bring the baby in for a follow-up examination in two weeks, but she never showed. In fact, the report says Martinez missed her appointments on Jan. 1, Jan. 29, and Feb. 13.

Professionals like pediatricians are mandated reporters by law, meaning they're required to report suspected child abuse or neglect, but according to Child Protective Services, there wasn't any open cases or history with the agency for baby Hannibal's family.

When Metro Police went to Martinez and Oceja’s home to investigate the child's death, Martinez and Oceja told authorities the baby was in the bedroom and they were in the other room eating when he stopped breathing.

Officers also found four dogs: Three of the dogs, pit bulls, were all malnourished, the report said.  The malnourished dogs were turned over to Clark County Animal Control.

The arrest report said, based on the pictures around the house, Martinez’s other children appeared to be malnourished when they were younger. The two living siblings were taken into protective custody and are currently being evaluated by medical personnel for potential health concerns. 

The report said Martinez and Oceja told authorities the baby was in the bedroom and they were in the other room eating when he stopped breathing.

The parents are expected back in court on April 16.