Chicago father, Rolando Ortiz is arrested after nearly decapitating his two year old son after becoming irritated with the boy who kept waking him up.
Rolando Ortiz a 37 year old Southwest Side, Chicago father has been arrested after nearly decapitating his young son after the boy continued to cry and wake the father up from his sleep.
Police told of the toddler’s body being discovered in a trash bag at the family home.
Notice of the boy’s death came after cops received a call from a home on South Avers Avenue in the Little Village neighborhood circa 1.55pm on Wednesday. When they arrived, police found two-year-old Mateo Garcia Aguayo‘s body in a garbage bag in the kitchen of a second-floor apartment.
Chicago Police Sept. Eddie Johnson told the Chicago Sun Times that the boy had been slashed across the throat and the wound was so deep that the child was nearly decapitated.
Johnson described the scene as ‘brutal and horrific’. The boy’s father, 37-year-old Rolando Ortiz, was arrested for the child’s death.
Reiterated Johnson during a news conference, ‘Mateo wasn’t old enough to make a bad decision,’
‘Mateo wasn’t old enough to take the wrong path in life. He was just an innocent kid whose trust and safety was betrayed by the one man that he should never have to question.’
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Area Central Detectives Commander Brendan Deenihan said Ortiz was home alone with his son when he grew ‘very frustrated that he couldn’t sleep’ because the child ‘was wandering around’ their home waking him.
From there, Ortiz is accused of grabbing a knife from the kitchen, holding his son down and cutting his throat.
When Ortiz realized that he had killed the child, Deenihan said he tried to cut his own wrists. He then put Aguayo in a garbage bag and called his wife but couldn’t reach her.
Police said Ortiz phoned his sister-in-law and confessed ‘to killing the baby’.
The sister-in-law called relatives who lived in the apartment one floor below Ortiz and they went to check on the child. When they found Aguayo’s body they called 911.
Ortiz allegedly fled the scene but was arrested about four hours later in Kankakee and brought back to Chicago. Deenihan said the father confessed to the crime while in police custody.
‘These are the kinds of tragedies that keep police officers working without sleep,’ Johnson said. ‘(The boy) was not old enough to make a wrong decision … just a kid whose trust and safety was betrayed by one man he should not have to question – his father.’
Deenihan revealed that the killing has emotionally wounded some of the officers.
‘These guys aren’t robots. They’re police officers and they have families, of course it affects them,’ he said.
Aguayo’s death was ruled a homicide and Ortiz, who has no prior arrests, faces first-degree murder charges.
Police said six other children live at the home but they were not there when Aguayo was killed.
Ortiz was scheduled to be in bond court Friday.
TODDLER KILLED: Mateo Garcia Aguayo was only 2-years-old. Yesterday police found his body in a bag with multiple stab wounds and lacerations in the Little Village neighborhood. https://t.co/hS836OBxif pic.twitter.com/ZPZwiOCfZS
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) February 22, 2018