Man arrested in West Covina in connection with Lomita child-slaying

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WEST COVINA — Detectives arrested a man late Thursday in West Covina on suspicion of killing a 2-year-old boy in Lomita, authorities said.
Daniel Vega, 25, was arrested about 11 p.m. in connection with the killing, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
He was identified as a suspect in the death of a 2-year-old child who was pronounced dead about 12:40 p.m. at a home in the 26000 block of South Western Avenue in Lomita, officials said.
Coroner’s officials identified the dead boy Friday as Gabriel Dominguez. An official cause of death was not available pending autopsy.
Sheriff’s officials said Vega was living at the home with his girlfriend, the mother of the child.
In addition to being a homicide suspect, “Detectives are also looking into an allegation of previous abuse to the toddler by the suspect,” Sgt. Diane Hecht said.
Details regarding how the suspect was arrested in West Covina were not available.
Two other children who were living in the Lomita home, ages 4 and 6, were taken into protective custody by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, officials added.
PHOTO of Daniel Vega courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
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