Father Charged with Murder in Child's Death

In a shocking case of child abuse in Savannah, the father of an 18-month-old baby is in jail, charged with the child's murder.

Just before 8pm Saturday night police were called to Marsh Cove Plantation Apartments on White Bluff Road. They responded to a report that a child had been injured. They found Raelene Lazoya unconscious and unresponsive. She was taken to Memorial Health, where she was determined to be brain dead

Sunday morning, her father, 19-year-old Emmanuel Moreno, was arrested and charged with her murder. Police say they have a strong case but won't say much more.

"It's our job now that we've made an arrest to give the district attorney the proper type of case with enough evidence to get a conviction in this case and put the man where he belongs," SPD spokesman Bucky Burnsed said.

Moreno is being held in the Chatham County Detention Center.

Reported by: Ron Wallace