Images of baby Joel R. Photo credit: Screen shot,

A judge on Friday ordered a La Mesa couple accused of causing the death of their infant son to stand trial on charges that include murder.

Joel Dwayne Brownell, 30, and Jalena Robin Rodriguez, 32, stand accused in the death of their 7-month-old child.

Authorities identified the baby only as Joel R. in court documents.

La Mesa police said the parents brought the baby to the El Cajon Family Health Center on Aug. 17, 2019, where clinic staff called paramedics upon examining the child. They had discovered “several serious life-threatening injuries.”

The infant died at Rady Children’s Hospital two days later.

Police allege the parents injured the boy at their home on Rolando Knolls Drive.

Brownell and Rodriguez, who face charges of murder, assault on a child causing death and felony child abuse, are next due in court on July 1.

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