An illegal immigrant under arrest in Memphis, Tennessee stands accused of beating a four-month-old baby to death, because he discovered he wasn’t the child’s father. Police say he used multiple identities and had been deported numerous times.
The man under arrest and charged with first degree murder is Jose Avila-Agurcia, but his real name is Carlos Zuniga-Aviles, a Honduran national. Police say he has had at least five different identities, and they were only able to confirm his real identity after using biometric data collected during his previous arrests.
Shelby County, where Memphis is located, is a sanctuary county, and authorities there do not honor ICE retainers on illegal immigrants, according to WREG in Memphis.
The murder occurred April 12, when paramedics were called to a Memphis apartment because a baby who lived there had stopped breathing. The baby’s mother was not home at the time, as she was working, and Aviles was taking care of the child. According to police, both Aviles and the mother said they did not know why the baby stopped breathing.
The baby, Alexander Lizondro-Chacon, was taken to a local hospital in extremely critical condition but died at the hospital. He had a fractured skull, several fractured ribs, and pneumonia. Police began investigating the death as a homicide.
Several days later, the mother went to police and said Aviles admitted he hit the baby several times in the head. She said he beat the baby after learning he was not the biological father.
Police questioned Aviles, who confessed he punched the child in the head multiple times after when he discovered the baby was not his.
Since 2010, Aviles has been deported five times, from Texas, Louisiana, and Utah. He has also used at least five identities to avoid detection once he re-entered the country. In 2016 he was arrested in Utah for possessing heroin and cocaine, and later deported. He had been living in Shelby County in Tennessee for some time, and had stayed out of trouble.
Re-entering the country after deportation is a felony, but illegal immigrants like Aviles are rarely imprisoned for that crime.
Here is local coverage of the crime from Fox 13 in Memphis.
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H/T: Fox 13 Memphis