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* Sigifredo Lua pleaded not guilty to murder charges of killing his infant son by punching him, Antioch

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An Antioch man accused of killing his infant son by punching him in the face pleaded not guilty to murder charges on Tuesday, according to court records.Sigifredo Lua, 23, also pleaded not guilty to willfully injuring a child – a charge that stemmed from an alleged attack in 2009 on his older son, who is now 2 – and inflicting corporal injury on a spouse for allegedly beating his wife, a prosecutor and a court clerk said.

The alleged beating of the infant occurred on Feb. 15 when Lua was home alone caring for his two sons while his wife was at work.He reportedly called his wife and told her that the baby was hurt and she called 911, Antioch police said.The baby, who was 2 months old, was taken to a hospital by ambulance.

He died three days later at Children’s Hospital in Oakland, police said.Lua allegedly confessed to police that he had punched the baby in the face to make him stop crying, police said.Prosecutors said the police investigation revealed that Lua had abused his wife earlier that month and that his older son had been hospitalized in 2009 when he was 2 months old for injuries Lua had allegedly inflicted upon him.

Police and Child Protective Services investigated the 2009 incident, but the district attorney’s office found insufficient evidence to file charges at that time, Deputy District Attorney John Cope said.Lua remained in custody today in lieu of $1.2 million bail. He is scheduled to return to court June 21 to set a date for a preliminary hearing.His attorney could not be reached for comment.

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