A woman pleaded no contest Friday to a murder charge in the death of a 3-week-old Long Beach girl whose body was found in a trash bin in San Diego County, and the attempted murders of the baby’s father and uncle.
25 Years To Life In State Prison
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark Kim immediately sentenced Thousand Oaks resident Giseleangelique Rene D’Milian, 50, to 25 years to life in state prison following her plea to one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.
The charges stem from the killing of Eliza De La Cruz, whose body was found Jan. 4, 2015, in a dumpster in San Diego County’s Imperial Beach, and an attack a day earlier on the girl’s father and uncle.
“A Plan To Kidnap Eliza”
Co-defendant Anthony Ray McCall, 32, is awaiting trial Feb. 13 on one count each of murder, kidnapping and attempted kidnapping, along with four counts of attempted murder.
Long Beach police Chief Robert Luna alleged shortly after D’Milian and McCall were arrested that the two “came up with a plan to kidnap Eliza and pass her off as her (D’Milian’s) own child.”
Told Her Boyfriend She Had Given Birth To Twins
D’Milian lied to her boyfriend, telling him she was pregnant with twins, according to the police chief. She later told him she had given birth to their twins in 2014 while out of the country, but detectives determined that she had not given birth to any children that year, according to Luna.
Authorities allege D’Millian masterminded the kidnapping plot to secure two babies to continue the deception.
Followed The Bus Eliza And Her Mother Were On
Eliza’s mother was walking home with her infant daughter from a bus stop at Del Amo and Long Beach boulevards when a woman pulled up next to them in a black Range Rover and asked about her baby, Luna said.
The police chief said the woman had a brief exchange with the mother, then drove away. He said detectives later determined that D’Milian and McCall had both been following the bus Eliza and her mother were on, in separate vehicles.
Shot The Adults, Abducted The Baby
About 90 minutes after they got off the bus, McCall allegedly showed up at the De La Cruz home in the 100 block of West 51st Street, shot the three adults — who all survived — and abducted the baby.
“The reason baby Eliza was killed remains unknown,” Luna said.
A San Diego County deputy medical examiner concluded that the baby likely died of asphyxiation.
Attempt To Steal Another Baby
About a month after the infant’s killing, there was an attempt to steal a baby from a woman who was severely beaten in a hotel room in the 2000 block of East Mariposa Avenue in El Segundo, according to police. Her 4-month- old son was found inside the room and was not injured. McCall allegedly fled the scene after employees knocked on the hotel room door after being alerted by patrons about a female yelling for help, police said.
Pretended To Be Part Of Charitable Organization
Long Beach police said detectives determined that D’Milian had known the woman for several years and was aware that she had recently given birth. The woman was targeted because of the child’s age and D’Milian’s knowledge about where to find her, police allege.
Detectives believe D’Milian misrepresented that she had a charitable organization aimed at helping young mothers and infants, and contacted friends and acquaintances in an effort to find infants.
Third Defendant Pleads Guilty
A third defendant, Todd Damon Boudreaux, 46, pleaded guilty in October 2016 to one count of being an accessory after the fact. He is set to be sentenced next week.