An illegal alien man from Honduras who was deported five times by immigration enforcement has been charged for allegedly beating a four-month-old baby to death in Memphis, Tenn.
The 33-year-old man, who told Memphis police that his name was Jose Avila-Agurcia, turns out to be an illegal immigrant by the name of Carlos Zuniga-Aviles who was deported five times within a period of six years, ICE revealed to Conservative Review.
“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has lodged an immigration detainer on unlawfully present Honduran national Carlos Zuniga-Aviles AKA Jose Avila-Agurcia following his arrest for murder in Shelby County, Tennessee,” ICE spokesman Bryan Cox told CR. “ICE will seek to take him into custody to reinstate his removal order following the resolution of the criminal charges he currently faces.”
Conservative Review reports that ICE indicated “the suspect was removed from the country first in Feb. 2010, and then four subsequent times – Jan. 2011, March 2012, Nov. 2015, and Dec. 2016. Two of those times he was caught by Border Patrol and removed; three other times he was deported by ICE.”
The incident was reported on April 12 after a call that the baby was unresponsive, according to Memphis Commercial Appeal. Zuniga-Avilas (AKA Aliva-Agurcia) was named a suspect on April 23 when the mother of the child told authorities he had beat the baby boy after learning he was not the father.
“The infant was taken by ambulance to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead from blunt force trauma to the head, the report said,” writes the local news site. “The baby had a fractured skull and rib, and pneumonia.”
The suspect has been charged with first-degree murder in perpetration of aggravated child abuse. He is currently being held in Shelby County Jail without bond and is due to make his first appearance in General Sessions Court on Thursday.