Prosecutors file motion to hold accused child killer in jail | KOB 4
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Prosecutors file motion to hold accused child killer in jail

Patrick Hayes
Updated: February 19, 2020 06:24 PM
Created: February 19, 2020 04:44 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- A man accused of killing a four-year-old boy appeared court Wednesday.

Prosecutors filed a motion to keep Zerrick Marquez behind bars pending trial. The hearing was scheduled for next week.

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Prosecutors allege Marquez killed James Dunklee Cruz at an apartment complex in December.

Court documents show Marquez told investigators he was babysitting the 4-year-old when he fell on top of him, knee-first.

However, police said the statement was not consistent with the boy's injuries. And according to a series of text messages that were in an arrest warrant for Marquez, James may have previously been abused.

KOB 4 asked the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department about the case.  A spokesperson would not say whether James’ mother was previously investigated. However, the department noted that it is continuing to investigate the case.


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