SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The California Supreme Court Thursday unanimously upheld the death sentence of a man convicted along with his wife of murdering his 4-year-old niece in what was described at the time as San Diego County's worst case of child abuse.
Ivan Gonzales -- referred to by prosecutor Daniel Goldstein as "Ivan the Terrible" -- was sentenced to death in 1998 for the torture-murder of Genny Rojas
Gonzales' wife, Veronica, was tried separately and also sentenced to death. Her death sentence was affirmed last year.
In affirming the death sentence for Ivan Gonzales, state Supreme Court Associate Justice Carol Corrigan said evidence that the victim was tortured over a period of time was "overwhelming."
The youngster was living with the defendants and their six children in a two-bedroom apartment in Chula Vista because her mother had a drug problem and lost custody.
The child was burned in a bathtub of scalding hot water, burned with a blow dryer and handcuffed and hung from a bar inside a closet.
Authorities said the scalding was the final act of abuse before the child died. They said Ivan and Veronica Gonzales waited several hours before calling for help.
The U.S. Navy commissioned its newest combat ship on Saturday, the USS Tulsa, which eventually will be docked in San Diego.
More than 150 current and former service members and their families gathered on the USS Midway on Saturday morning.
Dozens of people on Saturday fell victim to a brunch scam that was supposed to take place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
One person was shot and seriously injured outside a Kearny Mesa restaurant Friday night - sending diners running for cover.
A man who might have died trying to surf in a rain- swollen Escondido runoff channel on Valentine's Day has been identified.
A small private jet inbound to San Diego International Airport suffered primary brake failure but was still able to land safely on Saturday, officials said.
Weekend conditions are looking cool and wet. Stronger, colder system on Sunday will bring a chance of snow to San Diego mountains.
Six hundred active duty military and veterans will get a unique and intimate concert at the Belly Up on Monday February 18th.
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