Vacaville teen, 14, to be tried as adult in attacks on girl, toddler

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Alexander Cervantes

FAIRFIELD, CA - A Vacaville 14-year-old accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl and stabbing her and her toddler brother Sunday morning will be tried as an adult, says the Solano County District Attorney's Office. Cervantes criminal complaint

Alexander Cervantes was charged in Solano County Superior Court Tuesday with 15 felonies:

- 1 count of attempted murder with premeditation
- 1 count of attempted murder
- 1 count of first-degree burglary with a person present
- 2 counts of torture
- 2 counts of aggravated mayhem
- 1 count of  assault with intent to commit rape, sodomy, or oral copulation on a person under the age of 18
- 1 count of sexual penetration by a foreign object by force and violence on a child under 14 years of age
- 1 count of forcible rape upon a child who is under 14 years of age
- 1 count of  sexual penetration to commit rape, sodomy, or oral copulation on a person under the age of 18
- 1 count of sodomy by use of force on a person under the age of 14
- 1 count of  oral copulation by use of force on a person under the age of 14
- 1 count of  forcible lewd act upon a child.

District attorney office supervisor Daylyne Nogushi said the decision to seek adult justice was approved personally by District Attorney David Paulson.

"Mr. Paulson very much wanted to prosecute this kid as an adult," said Noguchi.

She added the decision was based on the circumstances of the crime, without regard to Cervantes' past history. 

People who know Cervantes told News10 there had been previous contact with police.  "I don't think his history would matter," Noguchi said.

A court-appointed attorney entered not guilty pleas to all 15 counts.

Court commissioner Barbara S. James set bail at $9 million. Cervantes will remain in juvenile detention.

The victims were stabbed multiple times in their Vacaville home Sunday morning.  They were taken to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento in critical condition. They are expected to survive, Vacaville police said.

According to Noguchi, several of the charges could lead to a life sentence for the 14-year-old.

A readiness conference was scheduled for Dec. 22. The preliminary hearing was set for Dec. 27.

News10/KXTV

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