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Illegal immigrant accused of beating 4-month-old baby to death had been deported 5 times

Police say the suspect allegedly hit the infant after finding out the child wasn't his

Image source: WMC-TV video screenshot

A Honduran man, who has been deported five times, has been charged with murder in Memphis, Tennessee. He is accused of beating a 4-month-old infant to death after finding out the boy wasn't his child.

What are the details?

Carlos Zuniga-Aviles, 33, allegedly struck little Alexander Lizondro-Chacon upon learning the child wasn't his, after believing throughout his girlfriend's pregnancy that he was the father.

The mother called 911 on April 12 to report that Alexander was having difficulty breathing. Shortly after paramedics responded to the call, the child passed away. According to the Daily Mail, an autopsy revealed the child died of blunt force trauma to the head, and was found to have had pneumonia, and a fractured skull and rib. His death was ruled a homicide.

Both the mother and Zuniga-Aviles initially denied having any idea as to why the child became unresponsive, but the mother eventually told police Zuniga-Aviles confessed to hitting the child out of anger over the baby's paternity.

According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, Zuniga-Aviles was previously deported from the U.S. in February 2010, January 2011, March 2012, November 2015, and December 2016, WMC-TV reported. The suspect has been kicked out of the country by immigration officials in Utah, Texas, and Louisiana, but managed to return again each time through the southern border. Authorities aren't sure how long he's been back in the country.

The Honduran national is known to have several aliases, and was even arrested under a fake name he gave authorities when questioned over what happened to Alexander.

He is set to be back in court May 1.

Anything else?

ICE officials told the Associated Press an immigration detainer has been filed for Zuniga-Aviles, who is being held at a county jail.

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