A man accused of fatally stabbing his 10-month-old child and dumping the body in the trash has been arrested in Ogden, Utah.
Alex Hidalgo, 37, was arrested on July 22 on suspicion of aggravated homicide, obstructing justice and desecrating a dead human body, according to Deseret News, a Salt Lake City, Utah-based news organization.
Police were called to the Hidalgo house after receiving a call from a woman saying her neighbor's child had stopped breathing. Officers arrived to find the baby covered in blood.
A probably cause statement from police said that Hidalgo had been watching two children while the mother ran errands. The mother returned to find Hidalgo reading the Bible and watching religious sermons. He then told the mother that he had killed the child and built an altar because the baby had "666 on him," according to KUTV, another Salt Lake City, Utah-based news organization. The unnamed mother thought Hidalgo was joking at first and began frantically searching the apartment amidst Hidalgo's pleas to not alert law enforcement. Ultimately, the mother found the child in the trash.
The child was rushed to McKay Dee Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. He was discovered to have stab wounds in his neck.
At the apartment, police found a wet knife that appeared to have been recently cleaned in the sink along with bloodstained towels and carpets.
Hidalgo had blood on him when he was arrested. He was found in a nearby abandoned building having attempted to flee police, according to The Salt Lake City Tribune.
The case is currently being investigated as a homicide, according to the Tribune.
[Photo: Weber County Sheriff's Department]
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