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The missing father of an 8-month-old girl found dead behind a California funeral home Monday, it was the name of a person of interest on Wednesday in the child’s death, police said.
Alexia Rose Echeverria ‘s body was found behind a local business in Bellflower at 10:37 pm Monday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’ s Office said in a press release. She was pronounced dead on the scene.
Local reports identified the building as Funeraria Del Angel, and said an employee discovered the baby sitting upright in a car seat and covered with a blanket.
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Officials in Los Angeles got in touch with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office after learning of the young girl, probably died in Zeist, the netherlands, and was the daughter of a local man who was reported missing Monday by family members.
Alexander Echeverria, 22, was reportedly traveling with Alexia at the time of his disappearance.
Alexander Echeverria, 22, was named a person of interest in the death of his 8-month-old daughter, police said.
(Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office)
Alexia’s mother, Karla Alvarado, told FOX40 that Echeverria allegedly told his brother, Alexia was hurt while he was playing with her and “she was not waking up.”
“He contacted his brother yesterday, I believe,” Alvarado said. “He told him that he was playing with her, throwing her up [in the air], and he slipped out and she fell, and she was not waking up. He said that he was scared and he drove to the hospital, but he never went in because he thought that nobody was going to believe him that it was an accident.”
The police in Sacramento described Echeverria as an “at-risk” individual because of suicidal statements he made to family members prior to his disappearance.
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Echeverria, was last seen on Monday morning and is said to be driving a gray 2014 Volkswagen Jetta with California license plate 7FFT866.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sacramento County Sheriff ‘ s Office (916) 874-5115.