Foster father’s murder trial to start July 7

By From page A3 | June 27, 2014

Reginald Tanubagijo was convicted of killing a 3-month-old boy in his care in Suisun City. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic file 2010)

Reginald Tanubagijo was convicted of killing a 3-month-old boy in his care in Suisun City. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic file 2010)

FAIRFIELD — A Suisun City foster father who faces a murder charge for the 2010 death of his 3-month-old foster child was in court briefly Thursday to confirm his often-delayed jury trial would get underway July 7.

Reginald Tanubagijo, 57, has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and felony child abuse causing death.

The trial date was confirmed after Judge Robert Bowers rejected a request by Tanubagijo’s attorney to recuse the District Attorney’s Office from prosecuting the case.

Authorities believe Tanubagijo violently shook the child, Christian Bito, and possibly struck the child’s head against an object, causing a severe head injury on the night of Nov. 29, 2010. Tanubagijo told police the child lost consciousness after a fall from a table and that he shook the child trying to revive him, according to police testimony during a probable cause hearing.

After his arrest, Tanubagijo spent several months in jail before posting an $800,000 bail.

A wrongful death lawsuit filed by the child’s biological mother is on hold until after the criminal trial.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

Discussion | 3 comments

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  • 2realJune 27, 2014 - 5:37 am

    Back on the banana boat with this clown.

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  • JimboJune 27, 2014 - 9:00 am

    Nice racist comment. In what reality do non citizens get made foster parents?

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  • JimboWatcherJune 29, 2014 - 1:22 pm

    Nice Anti-racist comment. In what reality is the comment prior to your racist? The biggest racists on the earth are the Anti-racists like yourself....

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