Missouri Police Arrest Minnesota Man Accused of Killing Toddler, 5-Year-Old Found Safe

Photo: Anoka County Sheriff's Office

November 09, 2016 10:58 AM

A man Blaine police had been searching for, who is accused of killing his girlfriend's toddler and taking her 5-year-old daughter, has been arrested by Missouri state police.

According to Anoka County Sheriff's Office Commander Paul Sommer, the 5-year-old girl, identified as Cristal Mariel Olivia Aguilar, was with 24-year-old Nelson Geovanny Soto-Lopez and is now safe.

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Blaine police were called at 7:07 a.m. Tuesday to the Blaine Medical Center on a report of a 21-month-old boy who was unconscious. Medical workers performed first aid, but the boy was declared dead at the scene.  

Sommer said the boy had "multiple injuries" that were consistent with an assault.

Police say the boy’s mother, identified as Heydi Jaqueline Aguilera-Bustillo, was initially cooperating with the investigation but say they had questions about her story, saying her information was "varied and inconsistent." She is now in custody facing possible charges of aiding an offender and child endangerment, according to Sommer.

RELATED: Blaine Police Search for Man Accused of Killing Toddler, Taking 5-Year-Old Girl

An investigation led by the Blaine Police Department and the Anoka County Sheriff's Office determined that Soto-Lopez hired an unwitting individual to transport him and the 5-year-old girl to Kansas City. Authorities were able to contact the driver, who was unaware that Soto-Lopez was wanted by police, and the driver cooperated and provided information that led to Soto-Lopez's arrest.

Authorities determined Soto-Lopez planned to travel to Arkansas, where he has other family members.

The investigation remains ongoing.


Rebecca Omastiak

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