Police believe that the suspect took off with the car and then abandoned it, locking it up and then turning it off while leaving the baby in the backseat.
A toddler was found dead in an SUV stolen after the 2-year-old's father was shot to death. A 38-year-old suspect was taken into custody for "charges of murder and tampering with evidence," according to a tweet from Houston Police Department officials. Police claim that the victim (also 38 years old) arranged a meeting with another man and the two got into a heated argument. The suspect pulled out a gun and shot the victim. The suspect then jumped into the victim's SUV and took off, police said.
2-year-old found dead in backseat of abandoned stolen SUV; child’s father shot dead, police say https://t.co/q973bOWhqx— Hear, O Israel (@NewJeruTV) September 21, 2022
Officials got a call from a woman who said her husband and baby were missing. "We realized very quickly that the (man) that was murdered... was her husband," police Executive Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite said, according to CNN. After a search, they found the abandoned SUV and the baby in the backseat. Officers tried to revive the baby who was found unresponsive. They "called for ambulance, which did arrive, but sadly it was too late. The child had passed in the car," Satterwhite said Tuesday. The baby's cause of death has not been revealed but it could be due to being left in a hot vehicle.
2nd UPDATE: The person of interest detained in the deaths of a man and child has been questioned.— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) September 21, 2022
The male, 38, is now facing charges of murder and tampering with evidence.
We will release the suspect's name and booking photo once charges are filed in a court.#hounews https://t.co/WnW2RpNdjV
Satterwhite told reporters during a press conference Tuesday night, according to ABC News that the public "pray for this family. A mother lost her husband and she lost her 2-year-old child today." He mentioned that it was only because of her call officials realized a baby was involved. "We never knew about the child until she called," he told reporters. They plan on doing an autopsy on the child to reveal the cause of death. "At this time, we don't know why or how or what the cause of death will be. It could be something like heat exhaustion, we just don't know. That will be determined later through autopsy." Police believe that the suspect took off with the car and then abandoned it, locking it up and then turning it off while leaving the baby in the backseat. "It's the hardest thing we do," he told reporters. "Children are innocent." In a recent update, the police tweeted that a man named Bolanle Fadairo has been charged with 2 counts of murder & one count of tampering with evidence in Tuesday's deaths.
Officials are asking anyone with information on the suspect or these two incidents to call their homicide division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.
3rd UPDATE: Booking photo of Bolanle Fadairo, 38, in custody and now charged with three felonies - 2 counts of murder & one count of tampering with evidence - in Tuesday's deaths of a man and child.— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) September 22, 2022
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