LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Police say a months’ long investigation into the death of a toddler has resulted in charges being filed against a Las Cruces man.
Police say 27-year-old Dustin Castillo was arrested and charged Thursday [auth] with one count of intentional child abuse resulting in death.
Castillo was booked into the Dona Ana County jail on a cash-only bond of $250,000.
On April 20, police were called to a home regarding an unresponsive child. Officers found Castillo holding 21-month-old Mariano Hernandez. Castillo told officers the boy had choked on a piece of candy.
The boy died two days later.
Investigators determined the boy had bleeding and swelling of the brain, a skull fracture, a lacerated spleen and other injuries.
Police say Castillo was friends with the child’s relatives and had been caring for the boy and his sister for several months.