Father jailed after Oklahoma police find body of infant

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(KOCO) Jody Minjarez, left, and Victor Manuel Minjarez (KOCO) Jody Minjarez, left, and Victor Manuel Minjarez
Victor Manuel Minjarez booking photo Victor Manuel Minjarez booking photo
NORMAN, Okla. (KAKE) -

The body of a missing Oklahoma baby at the center of an Amber Alert has been found, and the boy's father has been arrested in connection to the child's death.

Victor Manuel Minjarez, 31, was arrested Wednesday night at a home in Oklahoma City after an Amber Alert was issued for his 7-month-old baby, Jody Minjarez. The boy's body was also found in the home.

Earlier in the day, authorities had issued an Amber Alert, saying that the baby was believed to be in "imminent danger of bodily harm or death."

Police said Thursday that the medical examiner's office will determine the infant's cause of death, but it's considered a homicide.

Minjarez was booked for for first-degree murder and unlawful disposal of human remains. 

Police say Minjarez attacked Jody's mother on Feb. 19, took the boy and fled the mother's Norman home.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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Authorities in Oklahoma issued an Amber Alert on Wednesday as they continue to search for a missing and endangered 7-month-old boy from Norman.

KOCO reports police are looking for Jody Minjarez and his father, 31-year-old Victor Manuel Minjarez. Police said Minjarez attacked Jody's mother on Feb. 19, took the boy and fled the mother's home in the 1500 block of Lakecrest Drive.

Minjarez was reportedly driving a white 2008 Cadillac Escalade with an Oklahoma license plate 128KNQ.

The child's mother a few days later obtained an emergency victim protective order, which ordered that Jody be returned to her.

Minjarez has since sent a text message to a friend saying to tell the mother she "would never see her son again," police said.

"Based on this information, it is believed that 7-month-old Jody Minjarez is in imminent danger of bodily harm or death," Norman police said in a news release.

Police said Minjarez, who is homeless, left the mother's home in mid-February in a rented U-Haul pickup truck with an unknown license plate. Investigators said they believe he is likely in the Oklahoma City area and might be staying at a motel or with a friend.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Norman Police Department at (405) 321-1444.

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