Man sought in Tyler boy's death caught in Mexico

August 1, 2011 5:11:36 AM PDT
Authorities say a man sought over the November death of his girlfriend's year-old son has been caught in Mexico and returned to East Texas. Smith County Jail records show 26-year-old Simon Lopez of Tyler was held Monday on a capital murder charge, with bond set at $2 million. Records did not list an attorney for Lopez, who was captured Thursday in Queretaro, Mexico.

Police say Lopez was watching Jeremy Silva of Tyler while the child's mother worked, then called one of her relatives to say the boy wasn't breathing. Investigators say Lopez left the boy with the relative and fled.

Autopsy results show the toddler died from blunt force trauma.

Dallas police last December tried to arrest a man, believed to be Lopez, at a hotel but he ran away.

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