Redwood City man OK for trial in boy’s assault

An unemployed Redwood City man was found psychologically competent to stand trial Wednesday and will face charges for allegedly smashing an 18-month-old boy’s head with a rock in a seemingly random act of violence.

Jose Rivera Salvador, 22, allegedly approached the boy and his mother on April 20 at a bus stop at Sequoia Station in Redwood City and struck the boy in the back of his head with a rock that was “the size of a softball,” prosecutors said. Salvador did not know the victim or the victim’s mother, according to prosecutors.

Salvador then dropped the rock, said prosecutors, and walked away without speaking as the mother screamed hysterically over the boy, who was bleeding heavily. Salvador was tracked down shortly thereafter and arrested by the sheriff’s transit unit at Sequoia Station. The boy required extensive sutures before his release from Stanford Hospital.

Salvador appeared in court Wednesday for examination results. Defense attorney Eric Hove, who declined comment, had previously requested an examination into Salvador’s mental state, and two doctors were undecided over whether Salvador was mentally fit for trial. A third doctor, Dr. Howard Fenn, found him competent.

A preliminary hearing date has been set for Sept. 4. He is in custody on $100,000 bail.

On April 24, Salvador pleaded not guilty to charges of assault with a deadly weapon and inflicting great bodily injury on a child. He faces up to 10 years in state prison. In 2004, he pled guilty to assault, in which he received two years probation.

Family members of the victim and suspect were not present Wednesday.

bfoley@examiner.com

Bay Area NewsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Giants second baseman Donovan Solano scores on a double in the seventh inning against the Dodgers at Oracle Park on July 29. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
Will the Giants make the playoffs? Kris Bryant may be the answer

By Chris Haft Special to The Examiner You’d be hard-pressed to find… Continue reading

Tiffany Carter, owner of Boug Cali West Coast Creole Shack in San Francisco’s La Cocina Marketplace, was dismayed by gentrification she found when she returned to her hometown to start a business. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
SF Black Wallstreet: Helping residents build wealth, reclaim spaces they’ve had to leave

Tiffany Carter moved back to her hometown of San Francisco five years… Continue reading

A prescribed fire at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks was conducted in June 2016 to reduce hazardous fuel loading, increase watershed health, and restore the natural fire cycle in the Redwood Canyon area ecosystem. (Photo courtesy Rebecca Paterson/National Park Service)
Experts, UC scientists discuss wildfires in the state’s riskiest regions

Wildfires are nothing new in California’s history, but the magnitude and frequencies… Continue reading

Fourth-grade students at Lucerne Valley Elementary School don masks and Western wear for a “Walk Through California” history day during in-person instruction. (Courtesy of Krystal Nelson)
Confusion over mask mandate for California schools sparks tension between districts and parents

By Diana Lambert EdSource Shifting rules around mask mandates at schools are… Continue reading

Steven Buss, left, and Sachin Agarwal co-founded Grow SF, which plans to produce election voter guides offering a moderate agenda. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Grow SF: New tech group aims to promote moderate ideals to political newcomers

Sachin Agarwal has lived in San Francisco for 15 years. But the… Continue reading

Most Read