SHELBY COUNTY, TN (The New York Post) – A man accused of fatally beating a 4-month-old boy after finding out the infant wasn’t his son had been previously deported from the United States five times, most recently in late 2016, immigration officials said.
Carlos Zuniga-Aviles, a 33-year-old Honduran national, has used multiple aliases, including the fake name of Jose Agurcia-Avila he gave police in Memphis, Tennessee, following his arrest in the boy’s death earlier this month, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials told WMC-TV.
ICE officials have since filed an immigration detainer against Zuniga-Aviles, who was initially deported to Honduras in February 2010. He was also returned to the Central American country in 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016.
“ICE will seek to take him into custody to reinstate his removal order following the resolution of the criminal charges he currently faces,” the statement reads. “Mr. Zuniga-Aviles has been removed from the US five prior times: his most recent removal by ICE to Honduras took place in December 2016.”
Zuniga-Aviles later returned to the US following his removal, a felony under federal law, immigration officials said. It’s unclear exactly when he returned, but he was living with his girlfriend and the woman’s 4-month-old son in Memphis at the time of his arrest, WREG reports.
The infant, Alexander Lizondro-Chacon, was pronounced dead at a hospital from blunt force trauma to the head after his mother, Mercy Lizondro-Chacon, called police April 12 to report that the boy was having trouble breathing, according to an affidavit of complaint obtained by the Commercial Appeal.
The boy also had pneumonia, as well as a fractured skull and rib. Zuniga-Aviles later emerged as a suspect in the infant’s death after Lizondro-Chacon told detectives he admitted striking the baby several times in the head because he was enraged that he wasn’t the boy’s father.
A medical examiner has classified the boy’s death as a homicide.
Zuniga-Aviles, who remains jailed without bond on a charge of first-degree murder in perpetration of aggravated child abuse, is expected back in court Wednesday.