An Oklahoma man accused of killing his 7-month-old son told police that the baby had been dead for around a week before his arrest on Thursday.
FOX25 reports that 31-year-old Victor Minjarez allegedly admitted that he took his infant son, Jody Minjarez, following an argument with the little boy’s mother on February 19. He reportedly said that he snuck into an empty home on Venice Boulevard in Oklahoma City, where he hid out with the baby for a few weeks before police found him earlier this week. The suspect said that while on a mattress, he put the infant too close to a heater, and when he woke up, his son had blisters on his face.
According to police, Minjarez said he went back to sleep, but later on during the night, woke up to Jody gurgling with “bubbles around his mouth.” The child reportedly became unresponsive, but instead of calling for help, Minjarez wrapped the baby in a blanket and stuffed him in a trash can outside.
An initial autopsy report conducted by the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office on Thursday, however, paints a different picture of what happened to baby Jody. According to the preliminary autopsy report, the little boy died from blunt force trauma.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Minjarez was arrested after authorities found him hiding out in a home off of the 3000 block of Venice Blvd. Police issued an AMBER Alert for Jody on Wednesday after Minjarez reportedly sent a disturbing text message to the baby’s mother.
On February 19, authorities responded to a domestic violence call off of the 1500 block of Lakecrest Drive, after the suspect allegedly attacked the baby’s mothers, Oklahoma News 4 reports. He apparently fled the residence with Jody, but the mother filed for and obtained an emergency restraining order shortly after. Minjarez was ordered to return the boy to his mother on February 23, but he refused, and later sent a text message telling her she would never see her son again.
Authorities issued an AMBER Alert after learning of the suspect’s text message to the child’s mother. Police said because of the message, they felt Jody was in imminent danger. Minjarez was found on Wednesday night, and the AMBER Alert was canceled. At that point, however, they hadn’t yet found the baby. Shortly after, Jody’s lifeless body was found inside the home off of Venice Blvd.
Minjarez is facing not only a first-degree murder charge, but also one felony count of desecrating a human corpse.
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[Feature Photo: Jody Minjarez/Police Handout]