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Mexican authorities arrest man suspected in death of E. Texas toddler

Yeli Madalyn Jimenez (Source: Family) Yeli Madalyn Jimenez (Source: Family)

According to the Harrison County Sheriff's Office, 28-year-old Jose Luis Casiano-Aburto was arrested Monday by authorities in Mexico.

Aburto was listed as the sole suspect in the February 2012 murder of 2-year-old Yeli Madalyn Jimenez. A warrant for his arrest was issued just one day after the toddler's death. Deputies attempted to contact him for an interview regarding her death but discovered that he had fled to Mexico.

The warrant for his arrest was soon delivered to the U.S. Marshall's Office, where negotiations were made with the U.S. Border Patrol, Homeland Security and Mexican government authorities.

Aburto will be handed over to the U.S. Marshall's Office and returned to Harrison County within a few days where he will be held pending trial. His original bond was set at $1 million, but due to circumstances, that number may increase.

On Sunday, February 15, 2012 around 1 a.m., Yeli Jimenez was brought to Good Shepherd Hospital in Marshall by her mother, Felipa Dominguez. Her mother told medical staff that the toddler had fallen from a bed and when she went to check on her, she was unconscious on the floor.

Good Shepherd staff pronounced the child deceased after attempting to revive her. An autopsy revealed that Jimenez had died from massive blunt force trauma.

Investigators interviewed family members, as well as the mother, to determine that the boyfriend of the mother, Aburto, had allegedly struck the child in the abdomen and had previously assaulted the mother. They had only been dating a few months, and the mother told investigators that she was intimidated by him and scared of him.

The toddler's younger sister has been removed from her mother's custody and placed with her father.

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