Jose Soto-Escalera, 41, was charged on two counts of first-degree murder, reports said. His alleged victim Tania Wise, 23.
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A married Florida man was arrested Sunday for allegedly killing his girlfriend and his unborn baby boy last month, The Miami Herald reported.
The authorities found the body of Tania Wise, 23, and her unborn son along a road in St. Lucie County on Aug. 26, the report said.
Wise, who was over eight months pregnant at the time, was scheduled to have a caesarean section days after she was found, TCPalm.com reported.
It is unclear how Wise was killed, but her body was located in a ditch in a rural area, the report said. Authorities reportedly believe she was murdered where she was found.
Jose Soto-Escalera, 41, was charged on two counts of first-degree murder, reports said. Investigators reportedly used DNA evidence and said that they learned of the suspect called the victim on the day she was murdered.
Authorities said his truck was seen in the area where her body was discovered, with The Palm Beach Post reported. The researchers do not believe that his wife knew about his relationship with Wise.
Sheriff Ken Mascara said the suspect was armed with an automatic pistol when he was arrested and showed no remorse, WPTV reported.
“We know that he was the father of the baby; we know that they had a number of other people in her life, the men in her life; we do not know whether jealousy was a motive; we do not know whether there are other motives involved,” Mascara said.
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