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Killers of man, infant sought

Assailants deliberately shot the baby after killing his father, Sacramento police say.

September 17, 2007|From the Associated Press

SACRAMENTO -- Seconds after killing a man during an apparent home invasion robbery Friday, two assailants went to his car parked outside, where one of them fired a bullet into the head of the man's 7-month-old son, authorities said this weekend as they released new details on the case.

Investigators initially reported that the infant had been killed inside the home when the attackers targeted his father, Sean Paul Aquitania, 21. But a more thorough investigation over the weekend determined that the baby was deliberately killed as he sat in the car seat of his father's Chevrolet Malibu.

"We are angered as law enforcement officers and disturbed as human beings that anyone could commit such an unconscionable act against an innocent child," said Sacramento County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Tim Curran.

Authorities are still searching for the assailants, Curran said.

Aquitania -- who had tattoos of his baby's hand and footprint on his forearms -- had driven to a home on Country Greens Court shortly before 2 p.m. Friday to visit friends, Curran said. He left the infant in the car and went to the front door. Two young men answered, and two other men ran up and forced their way inside.

A melee erupted, and Aquitania was shot at least twice in the upper body. The two assailants ran away, stopping to shoot the baby in the car. No one else was injured, Curran said.

A 24-year-old man who was in the house ran to his car and drove to get help, Curran said, and a 21-year-old man took the baby from the car and went door to door seeking help.

A school bus driver saw them, opened the bus doors and held the dying infant, Curran said. The baby was taken to UC Davis Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead about 5:15 p.m.

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