On December 7, at 3:30 p.m., detectives from the Santa Monica Police Department arrested Donald Hillman, a 33 year-old male, in North Hollywood for the alledged murder of his two-month old step daughter.
On October 4, at 12:30 a.m., Hillman brought his step daughter into a local hospital. The child was in full cardiac arrest and was not breathing. Emergency room staff were able to resuscitate her twice and placed her on a ventilator.
Initial examination by a medical specialist revealed injuries to the victim that were consistent with “shaken baby syndrome.”
The Santa Monica Police Department and the Department of Children and Family Services were notified.
On November 22, the victim was taken off of life support per a court order. The victim was pronounced deceased at 10:24 a.m.
On November 25, an autopsy by the Los Angeles County Coroners Office found evidence consistent with the previous medical findings. The Coroner’s Office classified the case as a homicide. It has been determined that the original incident occurred in the 1000 block of 12th Street.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Michael Bambrick at (310) 458-8932 or Sergeant Ira Rutan at (310) 458-8959 or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) (310) 458-8495.If you wish to remain anonymous, call WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME (1-800-782-7463).