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Santa Barbara man arrested for murder following death of his girlfriend's three-year-old daughter

Tim Hufner
A three-year-old Santa Barbara girl is dead, and her mother's boyfriend is accused of killing her.

Details of case not being released

A Santa Barbara County man is accused of fatally injuring his girlfriend’s three-year-old daughter.

On February 4, Santa Barbara firefighters received a 9-1-1 requesting help. Someone reported a little girl had fallen out of bed, and hurt herself.

The first responders discovered the three-year-old girl wasn’t breathing. They started CPR, and took her to a hospital. But, she was pronounced dead.

Santa Barbara Police detectives, and the Santa Barbara County Coroner’s office investigated the death. They say the evidence showed it was a homicide. After further investigation, they arrested the boyfriend of the little girl’s mother. 25-year-old Elvis Alberto Lopez is charged with murder.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.