Man sentenced for murder of 1-year-old daughter in Pasadena

PASADENA >> A judge sentenced a Lancaster man who drowned his 1-year-old daughter in Pasadena to 25 years to life behind bars on Friday, officials said.
A Pasadena jury convicted Marquise Jackson, 26, last month of first-degree murder, along with child abuse resulting in death for the May 20, 2011, murder of his daughter, Mo’Mayjah Jackson.
He drowned the young girl in the apartment of the girl’s mother in the 100 block of West Del Mar Blvd. in Pasadena while she was away at work, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office spokesman Ricardo Santiago.
Shortly after his arrest, Jackson, who was 21 at the time, told police he killed the girl because he no longer wanted the responsibility of being a father, police said.
But he went on to deny the formal charges, and argued unsuccessfully that he was mentally unfit to stand trial.
The jury deliberated for less than one day before convicting Jackson, officials said.

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Man found dead in San Gabriel River near South El Monte identified

SOUTH EL MONTE >> Authorities Friday released the name of a 62-year-old man found drowned in the San Gabriel River near South El Monte.
Anacleto Antonio Garcia was found dead, floating in the river near Thienes Avenue about 1:10 p.m. on Oct. 1, Lt. R. Hayes of the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said. He was described as a transient.
An autopsy found that Garcia had died from drowning, and the death was ruled accidental.

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Arcadia man killed in apparent drowning identified

ARCADIA — Officials have identified a man who died after being discovered unconscious last month in a backyard swimming pool.
George Karming Wu, 62, died at the Methodist Hospital in Arcadia about an hour after he was found floating in a swimming pool at his home shortly before 3:30 p.m. June 26 in the 1500 block of South Third Street, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
He had been swimming when his wife discovered him in distress in the pool and sought a neighbor’s help to pull him from the water, according to Arcadia police and fire department officials.
Rescuers treated the man as he was taken to the hospital, where he died a short time later, authorities said.
Though the incident was reported as an apparent drowning, an official cause of death was not available Friday pending the results of laboratory tests.
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