OGDEN — The father of an infant found dead in an Ogden apartment Friday has been booked into the Weber County Jail for aggravated murder, a first-degree felony.
Alex Hidalgo, 37, is being held without bail. He’s also booked on felony charges of obstruction of justice and abuse or desecration of a dead human body.
Ogden Police had named Hidalgo a “person of interest” in the death of his son, 10-month-old Alex Hidalgo, Jr., who was found unresponsive around 4 p.m. Friday, July 20, in an apartment complex at 24th Street and Madison Avenue. The baby was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Hidalgo fled the scene and was arrested Saturday evening in an abandoned home in the 500 block of 22nd Street in Ogden.
According to a probable cause statement, Hidalgo was watching Alex and another child while Alex’s mother left the apartment to run some errands. When she returned, she found Hidalgo sitting on the couch, reading a bible and watching a religious video.
When Alex’s mother asked about the baby, Hidalgo allegedly told her that he had “built an altar like they had talked about” and “started talking about (the baby) having 666 on him,” according to the statement.
Hidalgo allegedly told Alex’s mother that the baby was dead, but she thought he was joking with her. When she couldn’t locate the baby, the mother began yelling and asking where Alex was. Hidalgo allegedly told her “not to call anyone or she’ll send him to prison,” the statement said.
The infant was eventually located in the closet inside a garbage can, with a plastic garbage bag pulled shut, the statement said. Alex’s mother pulled him out of the bag and left the apartment, screaming, alerting a neighbor who helped perform CPR.
Hidalgo allegedly left the apartment during this time, police say.
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, the statement said.
Investigators found blood splatter in the apartment and noticed carpet near the blood was saturated, the statement said. The carpet was cut back and removed, revealing a large blood stain on the carpet and pad underneath.
Investigators also found evidence that someone had attempted to clean the area.
A bloody towel was located nearby and a wet paring knife was found in the kitchen sink. A strainer in the sink was found with what “appeared to be human tissue” inside it, police said. More bloody towels and a significant amount of blood were found in the garbage can where Alex’s body had been placed.
When Hidalgo was arrested, he was wearing the same clothing seen in surveillance footage from Friday and had blood on his undershirt, police say.
Formal charges have not been filed in 2nd District Court and his initial appearance has not been scheduled.