Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Father arrested for murder in death of 7-month-old son

Father arrested for murder in death of 7-month-old son

An Amber Alert was issued for Jody on the morning of March 7.

On Feb. 19, police went to a home in reference to a reported domestic assault. Authorities found the body of Jody Minjarez hours later, according to KTLA sister station KFOR.

Police were looking for Victor Manuel Minjarez, 31, who allegedly kidnapped his son, Jody Minjarez, in February.

More details about the case were expected to be released on Thursday.

Police have arrested a man they'd been searching for since the mother of his child said he took the baby last month, reports CBS affiliate KOTV. Officers also found the body of an infant in a plastic bag inside a trash can on the property. He claimed he laid the boy on a mattress near a heater and woke up during the night and found Jody with several blisters on his face.

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KFOR reports that days later, the mother obtained a protective order mandating the boy be returned to her.

Online records show Minjarez was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder and desecrating a human corpse.

The father did not clarify exactly when this happened, but said Jody had been dead for at least a week.

Then on February 28 Minjarez sent the text to his friend and told them to tell the desperate mother she would never see her son alive again. He was arrested and authorities canceled the Amber Alert.

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