Alabama authorities on Wednesday released horrific details of the killing of a woman and boy a day after a 12-year-old was kidnappedled investigators to the discovery of two bodies.
José Paulino Pascual-Reyes has been charged with first-degree kidnapping in connection with the abuse of a girl, and he is also charged with murdering and abusing the bodies of a woman and a boy under 14 who were found dead in a mobile home in Central charge. The town of Deadville, Alabama, according to Talaposa County Sheriff Jimmy Abette and court documents.
According to the arrest warrant obtained WRBL, a CBS affiliate, investigators believe Reyes suffocated his girlfriend, Sandra Vazquez Ceja, with a pillow. Reyes is also accused of killing Ceja’s son, who is under 14, by hitting him with his hands and feet. The boy’s full name has not been released.
Both bodies were cut into small pieces at the joints to hide evidence.
Authorities have not released information about the surviving girl, a possible motive or whether any of the victims were linked to Pascual-Reyes, but Abbett said additional charges could be brought.
Court records show Ceja, 29, used an address that matched the location of the mobile home when she received traffic tickets for speeding and driving without a license in April.
The records do not include the name of a defense attorney who can speak on behalf of Pascual-Reyes, 37, who is being held at the Taraposa County Jail after his arrest in Auburn, about 25 miles from Deadville.
The girl was kidnapped from an undisclosed location around July 24 and confined to a bedpost for about a week so she could be sexually abused, according to a lawsuit filed by authorities in court. The two were killed in connection with alleged kidnapping, records show.
The girl was kept in a “drug-addicted state” with alcohol, attacked in the head, and chewed out of restraint, the documents said.
Authorities said the girl, whose braces were damaged from chewing and marks on her wrists that indicated she was bound, was found on the road outside the mobile home on Monday morning.
A driver picked up the girl and notified authorities, prompting a police investigation and search, Abette said, and officers found two decomposing bodies inside the mobile home where Pascual-Reyes lived, according to reports. The girl is believed to be in custody. Others were staying at the residence, but no one else was present when police arrived, he said.
Authorities said the girl was not missing and that she received medical care and was in the care of child welfare officials, who she called a “hero,” Abette said.
“She’s safe now, so we want to keep her that way,” Abette said.
The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security were also involved in the investigation, WRBL reported.