By: Rachel Pulaski
Last month a 3 year old boy in Ohio was rushed to the hospital unresponsive where he was later pronounced dead. The coroner just ruled the death a homicide and police are now looking for the live-in boyfriend who was an illegal alien as the prime suspect in the homicide.
Police are searching for a suspect after a Columbus child’s death was ruled a homicide. Meanwhile the mother of the child is speaking out about justice for her son.
“My son is like my number one boy. I would fight to the end. He was my life. My everything. My first born child,” said the victim’s mother, Linda Soeur.
The victim was a 3-year-old boy named Alonzo. His mother describes him as a vibrant boy who loved his family, loved singer Bruno Mars and loved posing for pictures.
According to Columbus police, at about 10:07 p.m. on August 7, 2013, Alonzo was brought in unresponsive and pronounced dead at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Police said the child’s visible injuries were suspicious, but an autopsy performed on the victim was not immediately able to determine a cause of death pending further investigation.
The coroner’s office ruled the child’s death a homicide on September 3, and a murder charge was filed September 6 against 19-year-old Roberto Avina-Casillas, the live-in boyfriend of the child’s mother at the time of the incident.
Investigators told NBC4 there was bruising on the child.
According to detectives, Avina-Casillas is an undocumented immigrant who was working construction for cash but does have family in the area.
Soeur said she is trying to stay strong for her other child, a 9-month-old son, but said the most important thing is finding justice for Alonzo. She hopes the public can help police to find Avina-Casillas.
“Do not talk to him. Just call the police right away. I just hope they find him, catch him,” Soeur said.
If you have information on Avina-Casillas or his whereabouts, you are asked to call the Columbus police at 614-645-4545 or Crime Stoppers at 614-645-8477.