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San Joaquin County
District Attorney's Office
TORI VERBER SALAZAR
District Attorney

Scott A. Fichtner
Assistant District Attorney

Kristine M. Reed
Assistant District Attorney

David J. Derksen
Chief Investigator

OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY

222 E. Weber Ave., Room 202, Stockton, CA
P. O. Box 990, Stockton, CA 95201

T (209) 468-2400 | F (209) 465-0371

News from the Office of District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar

For Immediate Release


November 17, 2020

CONTACT: Elisa Bubak, Public Information Officer
T 209-468-2400  | E pr.info@sjcda.org

Father in Child Abuse Case Arraigned on Murder Charges

NOVEMBER 23 UPDATE:   The Honorable Judge Northup, on his own motion, requested a competency evaluation of Matthew Garcia. Defendant Garcia will return to court on December 29, 2020.

Stockton - District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced Matthew Garcia, age 24, was scheduled to be arraigned today for the death of his 2-month-old son. He was not transported to court and a new arraignment date will be set. For a list of charges, view the complaint attached.

 According to official records, Stockton Police Department received a call on November 11, 2020 regarding a 2-month-old baby boy at UC Davis Medical Center with serious injuries. Medical staff advised the baby had injuries consistent with child abuse. Tragically, the baby succumbed to his injuries on November 14, 2020. Detectives learned the alleged abuse happened at the family residence in Stockton and arrested Matthew Garcia, the baby's biological father.

 "We are deeply heartbroken for the victim and his family, and we will do everything in our power to seek justice for Baby Boy Garcia," said San Joaquin District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar. "During these unprecedented times, it is more important than ever to report abuse- whether it be domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, or sexual assault- by contacting the local authorities."

 Previously, Matthew Garcia pled guilty to attempted robbery and burglary.  He was offered a six year state prison sentence suspended for an extensive year-long, live-in treatment program at the Jericho Project in November 2019. He refused the treatment program and opted for a state prison sentence. On January 28, 2020, Matthew Garcia was sentenced by the Honorable Judge Ronald Northup to three years in state prison. Due to Governor Newsom's July 2020 edict on reducing the prison population during COVID-19, Garcia was released on August 4, 2020 and placed on parole. The San Joaquin District Attorney's Office was not notified of his early release.