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Sunnyvale mother charged in killing of infant son

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A 27-year-old Sunnyvale woman has been charged with murder and assault in connection with the death last week of her 8-month-old child.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office has filed one count of murder and one count of assault on a child with force likely to produce great bodily injury against the child’s mother, Leticia Serna, prosecutors announced today.

Officers from the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety coaxed Serna down from a freeway overpass last Friday afternoon, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Serna was initially transported to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center for evaluation before being booked into county jail on suspicion of murder, officials from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department confirmed to the Mercury.

The day’s events began when Serna’s infant son was found dead inside her apartment on San Aleso Avenue just before 2:30 p.m., according to the Mercury. Police reported seeing no clear sign of trauma.

Within minutes, police were notified of a woman hovering near the edge of the Mathilda Avenue overpass above Highway 101 and adjacent to her apartment complex. Officers were able to take her into custody before she leapt, police said.

An autopsy was conducted Monday and, while the cause of death is not being released, the results are likely what determined which charges would be filed against Serna.

The baby’s death is Sunnyvale’s second homicide of 2011.

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