Tehachapi couple charged with murder in death of 2-month-old


A Tehachapi couple is facing murder charges after the coroner determined their 2-month-old baby died of head trauma. 

Matthew Norwood, 29, and Brittney Collins, appeared in Mojave court Wednesday where they were both charged with first-degree murder for the death of their baby, Abel.

Earlier this month, deputies responded to a trailer park in Tehachapi, where they found the baby with several wounds. 

Abel Norwood died Oct. 24 at Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera.

Norwood and Collins were initially arrested on suspicion of assaulting a child, but after the coroner declared the infants death was a homicide, the charges were amended.

Norwood and Collins also face three other felony charges that carry potential lengthy sentences.

According to KGET’s Homicide Tracker, this is the first infant homicide of the year.

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