OGDEN — An Ogden man accused of killing his 10-month-old son has been formally charged with aggravated murder.

Alex Hidalgo, 37, was charged Monday with first-degree felony aggravated murder, along with obstructing justice, a second-degree felony; and abuse or desecration of a dead human body, a third-degree felony.

With the aggravated murder charge, Hidalgo's case may be eligible for the death penalty. As the case progresses, prosecutors will decide whether or not to pursue the death penalty.

Hidalgo was charged in connection with the death of this son, Alex Jr. The child's body was found Friday afternoon in a trash can located inside an Ogden apartment complex at 24th Street and Madison Avenue.

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During an autopsy, the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner determined that Alex had “three penetrating stab wounds to the neck, one of which severed the carotid artery and the jugular vein” and impacted the spine, according to a probable cause statement.

Hidalgo was arrested the following day when police found him Saturday evening in an abandoned home in the 500 block of 22nd Street in Ogden.

Hidalgo will have his initial appearance in Ogden's 2nd District Court on Wednesday, according to online court documents. 

He did not have an attorney listed in online court documents, but Hidalgo’s case has been assigned to Judge Michael DiReda. 

Hidalgo is being held without bail at the Weber County Jail. 

Contact reporter Jacob Scholl at jscholl@standard.net or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl.

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