An Illinois father stabbed his 2-year-old son to death and stuffed his body into a garbage bag because the child was making too much noise as he slept, Chicago police have alleged.
Per the Chicago Sun-Times, Rolando Ortiz, 37, was charged with the first-degree murder of his son, Mateo Garcia Aguayo. Aguayo was reportedly found dead Wednesday afternoon in the Little Village apartment where he lived with his throat slashed.
Area Central Detectives Commander Brendan Deenihan said Ortiz was home with Aguayo that day when he became “very frustrated that he couldn’t sleep” because the toddler “was wandering around.” Ortiz allegedly grabbed a kitchen knife, held his son down, and cut his throat. Upon realizing he killed his son, Ortiz makes a “pretty weak attempt” to cut his own wrists before putting the child in a garbage bag filled with clothes, Deenihan said.
The Chicago Tribune reported that Ortiz also called his wife but couldn’t reach her. He ultimately confessed to his sister, who allegedly called relatives who lived on the first floor of the building. They are said to have found the toddler dead and Ortiz bleeding.
As CrimeOnline reported yesterday, Ortiz fled the scene but was taken into custody hours later by FBI and Illinois State Police during a traffic stop in Kankakee County.
Police told reporters that the toddler had suffered severe trauma and fatal stab wounds that went so deep that he was nearly decapitated. The Medical Examiner’s Office ultimately found that Aguayo died of an incised wound of the neck and ruled his death a homicide.
Ortiz has confessed to the brutal slaying and told police that he was driving to Mexico, according to WBBM.
“Mateo wasn’t old enough to make a bad decision,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson during a news conference. “Mateo wasn’t old enough to take the wrong path in life.”
“He was just an innocent kid whose trust and safety was betrayed by the one man that he should never have to question.”
The Illinois father’s bond hearing is scheduled for Friday.
[Featured Image: Rolando Ortiz/Chicago Police Department; Mateo Garcia Aguayo/WLS-TV]