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Charges pending for Chicago father after boy, 2, found dead with his throat deeply cut

Chicago Tribune logo Chicago Tribune 2/23/2018 By Peter Nickeas, Chicago Tribune

a group of people standing on a sidewalk: Relatives grieve near the scene where a 2-year-old boy was found decapitated in 2700 block of South Avers in the Little Village neighborhood Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.

Relatives grieve near the scene where a 2-year-old boy was found decapitated in 2700 block of South Avers in the Little Village neighborhood Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.
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CHICAGO - Murder charges are pending for a 37-year-old man who is a suspect in the death of his 2-year-old son who was found dead, his throat deeply slashed, at his home in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Though formal charges have not been filed, Rolando Ortiz, 37, is expected to be charged later Thursday night with first-degree murder, according to Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

Earlier, Guglielmi said charges had been filed.

"As a father - I know there is nothing we can ever do to bring Mateo back to you - but I hope this will give you some level of closure as you keep Mateo's memory close to your hearts," said Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said during a news conference at police headquarters announcing the charges against Ortiz.

The "brutal and horrific" crime is the kind of tragedy that keep police officers working without sleep, said Johnson.

"(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," Johnson said.

Officers were called to the 2700 block of South Avers Avenue about 1:55 p.m. and found Mateo Garcia Aguayo's body in a trash bag on the kitchen floor, police said.

Mateo had "suffered severe trauma from lacerations and fatal stab wounds," police said in a statement. Police sources said the wounds were so severe, the boy was nearly decapitated.

He was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:32 p.m., the Cook County medical examiner said.

A man considered a "person of interest" was taken into custody by Chicago agents of the FBI and Illinois State Police following a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon in Kankakee County, Guglielmi said in an earlier tweet.

Earlier, at the scene, grieving relatives stood near 28th Street as police came and went. Officers guarding the edge of the crime scene offered their squad cars to relatives if they wanted to warm up.

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