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Man rapes and kills girlfriend’s 17-month-old baby after convincing the mother to trust him to babysit

By Mason White 5:27 PM August 19, 2015
Daniel Contreras 

By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A woman is devastated after her boyfriend raped and killed her daughter after convincing her that he will be a good babysitter.

27-year-old Daniel Contreras of California, was charged with murder, serious child abuse resulting in the death of a child and multiple counts of performing lewd acts on a child, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Contreras is being held without bail.

17-month-old Evelyn Castillo was found unconscious and unresponsive in her home around 2:30 p.m. Police and paramedics were called to the scene.

She was taken to the Kaiser Permanente’s Redwood City Medical Center, where she died shortly afterwards, police said.

Contreras, who was dating Evelyn’s mother, was babysitting the child at the time of the death. He convinced the mother that he is the father figure in the child’s life and therefore, he should be trusted to be home alone with her, according to prosecutors.

He initially told police that the child accidentally fell out of his hands and hit the floor. However, he was arrested after an autopsy ruled her death a homicide.

Contreras faces the death penalty if found guilty of murder.