A man suspected of kidnapping his girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter after fatally beating her 2-year-old son in their Blaine home has been charged with murder and awaits extradition from Missouri.
Nelson G. Soto-Lopez, 24, of Blaine, was charged in Anoka County District Court Wednesday with second-degree murder in the death of Drake Damian Oliva.
The charges say Soto-Lopez's cellphone contained three photos of Drake taken about 2 a.m. Tuesday. The child's eyes were closed, and there were bruises on his face.
An autopsy also revealed skull fractures, bleeding on the brain and other wounds.
"This innocent little boy died a violent death," said Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo. "It is our responsibility to see justice done on his behalf."
Soto-Lopez fled the state in a cab with his girlfriend's daughter Tuesday morning and was arrested during a traffic stop in Carthage, Mo., early Wednesday.
The girl, Cristal, was with him and unharmed.
The boy's mother, Heydi J. Aguilera-Bustillo, 26, of Blaine, is charged with second-degree manslaughter, aiding an offender and child endangerment. She remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.
According to the criminal complaints:
Police arrived Tuesday morning at Blaine Medical Center and heard varying accounts from Aguilera-Bustillo about how Drake was injured, including that a man she knew for a few days was playing with the boy and dropped him on his head.
Within hours, she acknowledged that she was actually speaking of Soto-Lopez but said her account of what happened was still true.
A police search of their home in the 1500 block of 87th Avenue NE. turned up vomit near the bathtub, a stethoscope, a nebulizer and rubbing alcohol. Aguilera-Bustillo said she used rubbing alcohol and cold water to try reviving Drake.
She eventually told police Soto-Lopez took the crying boy to a bedroom and she could hear him being hit with a belt. She said he had hit Drake with a belt at least twice before.
Soto-Lopez came out of the bedroom and dropped him on his head, she said.
She said Drake then vomited on Soto-Lopez and sometime that morning stopped breathing.