Infant’s Autopsy Results Lead to Parents Arrest

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Infant’s Autopsy Results Lead to Parents ArrestOn Thursday, August 11, 2011, at approximately 6:30 a.m., officers from the Long Beach Police Department were called to assist Fire Department personnel at a residence in the 600 block of Magnolia Avenue, where an infant was in cardiac arrest.

Fire Department paramedics performed life-saving efforts on the infant, but she died at the scene. She has been identified as 31-day-old Michaela Cross, a female resident of Long Beach.

Homicide detectives responded and began an investigation into the incident, which is standard procedure for all infant deaths.

On Friday, August 12, an autopsy performed by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office confirmed the detective’s suspicions that the infant’s death was not accidental. Based on evidence of ongoing physical abuse to the victim, the Coroner ruled the death a homicide, and the baby’s parents were arrested the same day.

The suspects are 42-year-old Michael Cross, and 34-year-old Melissa Swanson, both residents of Long Beach. They were arrested and booked at the Long Beach Police Department Jail. The motive for this crime remains unclear and the investigation is ongoing.

On Tuesday, August 16, 2011, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office filed one count of willful cruelty to a child that caused death (273a PC) on each of the defendants, and an additional charge for possession of narcotics (11350(a) H&S) on suspect Cross.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Long Beach Police Department Homicide Detectives Greg Krabbe or Mark Bigel at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips via text or web may be submitted by visiting the Long Beach Police website,

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