Hillsborough County
Chad Chronister, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 15-215

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • April 21, 2015
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    First Degree Murder

    The suspect was also charged with Aggravated Child Abuse.
    • Tuesday
    • April 21, 2015
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Hillsborough County

    Suspect:


    Jose Adan Lopez
    DOB: 9-17-86
    9506 Windemere Park Circle
    Riverview, FL

    Victim:

    • 20-month-old male

    Details:

    On March 19, 2015 at approximately 9:30 p.m. the victim was brought to Brandon Regional Hospital by the defendant. The victim was non-responsive and not breathing. The defendant's initial statement was that he had found the victim unresponsive in his crib, after having ate, and believed the victim had choked on vomit. The defendant's initial statement to the deputy was that he had sole care and custody of the victim on March 19, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. until finding the victim unresponsive. The victim was pronounced deceased on March 24, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at Tampa General Hospital. The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy of the victim and determined the cause of death to be Cranio-Cerebral and Spinal Trauma due to Blunt Impacts to the head and neck and manner of death to be homicide. The M.E. Stated that the onset of symptoms to include unconsciousness would have occurred within thirty minutes or less from the time of the sustained injury. This places the time of injury within the period that the defendant had sole care and control of the victim.

    On April 21, 2015, Jose Lopez was taken into custody and charged with First Degree Murder and Aggravated Child Abuse.
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