LONG BEACH, Calif. — A baby found dead in a in a Long Beach, California dumpster was part of a woman’s elaborate plan to kidnap two babies in order to continue a lie to her boyfriend that she had given birth, police have said.
Four suspects have been arrested in connection to the murder of 3-week-old Eliza Delacruz, Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna said at a Wednesday news conference.
Giseleangelique Rene D’Milian, 47, and Anthony McCall, 29, were both arrested on suspicion of murder, kidnapping, attempted murder and conspiracy. Todd Boudreaux, 44, and Charisse Shelton, 30, who is D’Milian’s daughter, were arrested for accessory after the fact.
Delacruz was kidnapped on January 3 after her parents and uncle were shot in their Long Beach home. The next day, her body was found dead in a dumpster in Imperial Beach.
Police believe the plot to kidnap Delacrus was spurred by D’Milian’s lie to her boyfriend about having twins. D’Milian told him she gave birth to his children in December 2014, Luna said.
D’Milian didn’t give birth to any children, though, and instead decided to kidnap two babies to continue her life, 8News affiliate ABC7 reports.
At about 4 p.m. that day, D’Milian made contact with Delacruz’s mother, who then went home without any suspicions, police say.
Less than two hours later, McCall forced his way into the home and shot Delacruz’s parents and her uncle, the police chief said.
The adults were injured, but survived the attack. The reason that Delacruz was killed remains unclear, though, police say.
About a month later, police say D’Milian and McCall allegedly plotted to kidnap another baby from an acquaintance in El Segundo.
On February 6, police in El Segundo responded to a hotel in the 2000 block of East Mariposa Avenue, where they found a 23-year-old woman severely beaten with a baseball bat. Her 4-month-old son was still in the hotel room.
McCall had allegedly fled the scene after employees knocked on the door.
Boudreaux and Shelton are suspected of helping cover up the crimes after they occurred.
All four suspects were expected to appear in court on Friday.
“I can’t summarize this case any other way then (the) people alleged to have committed these crimes are just evil,” Luna said.
An investigating into the incidents is ongoing as authorities search for more witnesses.
Long Beach police believes D’Milian told people she ran a charitable organization that wanted to help young mothers and their infants. She may have contacted other friends and acquaintances about their young children.
Anyone who may have been contacted is asked to call Long Beach Police Department Homicide Detail at (562) 570-7244.