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Press Release: Homicide
Agency: Menifee Police
Station Area: Perris
Written Date: 03/13/2019 Time: 2:00 PM
Incident Date: 01/26/2019 Time:  
Incident Location: 28000 Block of Avenida Marbella, Menifee
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Wallace Clear
File Number(s): ME190260033

Details:

On Saturday, January 26, 2019, personnel from the Menifee Police Department began an investigation into the death of a five-week-old infant girl. The infant was transported to an area hospital by her biological parents from their residence on the 28000 block of Avenida Marbella, Menifee. The infant was declared deceased after medical staff were unable to resuscitate her.    

Gregory Brandt Jasmine Rugga

Evidence surfaced in the following days that lead Menifee investigators to believe foul play was involved in the infant’s death and the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit assumed the investigation. On March 11, 2019, The infant’s biological father; 33-year-old, Gregory Brandt, was arrested for Homicide. The infant’s biological mother; 27-year-old, Jasmine Rugga, was arrested for Child Endangerment. Both were transported to the Cois Byrd Detention Center where Gregory Brandt is held on $1,000,000 bail, and Jasmine Rugga is held on $35,000 bail.   

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Investigator Salisbury at the Menifee Police Department at (951) 210-1000, or Investigator Trudeau at the Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's Homicide Tipline online form.

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