On Saturday night, Aguilar parked his truck on an unlit road, removed a 2-year-old boy from his car seat and proceeded to stomp, kick and punch the boy to death, according to authorities and witnesses. The boy was unrecognizable when he was pronounced dead at Emanuel Medical Center.
Authorities have not released the boy’s name, but they say they believe he was Aguilar’s son. The relationship is being confirmed by DNA testing.
Several motorists called 911 and tried to stop the beating, authorities said. Witnesses report that Aguilar told people who tried to stop him that the boy was “trash.”
Responding to 911 calls, a Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department helicopter landed in a field nearby. A Modesto police officer, Jerry Ramar, fatally shot Aguilar, who flashed his middle finger at the officer, after he failed to heed the officer’s warning to stop beating the child
Authorities have not released the name of the boy’s mother.
Aguilar had no previous criminal history, police said. Results of toxicology tests on Aguilar are expected in four weeks.
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