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.
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