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Active duty service member charged in death of two-year-old child

By JANNETTE PIPPIN | The Daily News | Published: January 5, 2020

(Tribune News Service) — A Jacksonville man has been charged in connection to the death of a child on New Year's Day.

Ricardo Montesinos, 24, was arrested by Jacksonville Police Department and charged with an open count of murder, according to a Jacksonville Public Safety news release.

Montesinos remained in the Onslow County Jail Saturday with no bond.

According to the news release, Jacksonville police responded to Ravenwood Apartments on Jan. 1 in reference to a medical call. First responders attempted emergency life-saving measures on the two-year-old child, but were unsuccessful.

Police conducted an investigation and consulted with the district attorney's office about the incident.

Lt. Richard Kellum said the arrest warrant was issued late Friday night and Montesinos was arrested soon after either late Friday or just after midnight Saturday.

The arrest warrant states Montesinos "unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did of malice aforethought kill and murder Annaley Ratliff."

Kellum said the medical call was to Montesinos' apartment but police did not say his relationship to the child or the type of medical call.

"It is still an active investigation and no further details are being provided at this time so as not to jeopardize the investigation," Kellum said.

JPD is working with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service due to Montesinos being an active-duty military.

Montesinos is scheduled for a first appearance in Onslow County court on Jan. 6.

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