Updated April 30, 2012 at 12:25 PM CST: A Carthage, Missouri man found guilty of second degree murder for the death of his eight month old son has been sentenced.
Eddie Salazar Senior received a life sentence for the death of his son, Eddie Salazar Junior.
During the murder trial a pathologist said the eight month old died of blunt head trauma. Medical examiners noted bleeding from Eddie Junior's scalp, three skull fractures on the back of the head, brain swelling, and bleeding inside the head.
Updated March 14, 2012 at 5:25 PM CST by Jordan Aubey: A Carthage, Missouri man is found guilty of second degree murder for the death of his eight month old son.
During today's hearing in the murder trial of Eddie Salazar Senior, a forensic pathologist was brought in from Cook County, Illinois.
The pathologist said eight month old Eddie Salazar Junior died of blunt head trauma. Medical examiners noted bleeding from Eddie Junior's scalp, three skull fractures on the back of the head, brain swelling, and bleeding inside the head.
Salazar Senior said in a taped confession that he picked up his baby and shook him to stop crying. He also says the child "slipped" out of his hands, falling to a hard ceramic tile floor, and hitting his hard "hard".
However, the forensic pathologist says it would've been a very hard fall to cause the type of injuries.
Prosecutors contend the father was mad and threw his son to the floor.
Prosecutors also say Salazar Senior lied to police four different times concerning how his baby was killed and also where he disposed of the baby.
Salazar is charged with second degree murder which carries 10 to 30 years in prison.
His defense claims Salazar never intended to kill his son, and that there was no murder.
Updated March 14, 2012 at 3:55 PM CST: A jury has found a Carthage man guilty in the murder of his eight month old son.
This afternoon a jury found Eddie Salazar Senior guilty of second degree murder in the death of Eddie Salazar Junior.
Updated March 14, 2012 at 12:15 PM CST: Testimony wrapped earlier today in the murder trial of Eddie Salazar Senior.
The defense rested this morning at 9:30. Jury deliberations began at 11:30.
Updated March 13, 2012 at 3:30 PM CST by JORDAN AUBEY: Jurors hear graphic details of the murder case surrounding an eight month old child.
The murder trial continues for Eddie Salazar, Senior, accused of killing Eddie Salazar, Junior.
Jurors first heard a taped confession from Salazar done the day after his son was reported missing in February 2010.
Salazar says his son had accidentally fallen to the ground from a couch hitting his head. Salazar then put his son in a crib and later discovered the child was not breathing.
Salazar admitted to disposing the body in Spring River about six miles outside of Carthage.
But then Salazar changed his story, adding he shook his child after the child would not stop crying.
Prosecutors are also showing evidence that Salazar Junior was abused at least once before the event leading to his death.
Updated March 12, 2012: Jury selection is completed and opening statements have begun in Jasper County for a Carthage man.
Eddie Salazar is charged with the murder of his eight-month old son, Eddie Salazar Junior.
Salazar had reported the child as kidnapped.
That prompted an Amber Alert and massive search by authorities and the boy's body was eventually found in Spring River east of Carthage.
Updated February 27, 2012: A Jasper County judge is deciding whether to move a Carthage murder trial out of the county.
Eddie Salazar Sr. is charged with the murder of his son, eight-month old son, Eddie Salazar Jr.
In February 2010, Salazar reported the child as kidnapped. That prompted a search by authorities and the boy's body was eventually found in Spring River.
Today the defense asked for a change of venue.
The judge is expected to make his decision next Monday.
Updated August 29, 2011: A couple of motions today in the hearing of a Carthage man charged with killing his baby.
Defense lawyers for Eddie Salazar want to remove phone records from evidence. They have also motioned to exclude evidence from a thermal imaging device used on Salazar's car.
Salazar is accused or murdering his eight-month old son, Eddie Salazar Jr.
The boy's body was found in Spring River last February after Salazar reported the child kidnapped.
Updated June 21, 2010: Eddie Salazar will go to trial a year after his infant son was found in the Spring River.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin February 3rd, 2011.
At his last appearance a Jasper County judge denied Salazar a change of venue.
Salazar is charged with the murder of his eight-month old son, Eddie Salazar, Jr.
In February, Salazar reported the child kidnapped prompting a search. The infant's body was later found in Spring River near Carthage.
Updated April 29, 2010: A judge says "no" to a change of venue in the trial of a Carthage, Missouri man charged with killing his infant son.
Eddie Salazar is charged with second degree murder in the death of his eight month old son, Eddie Salazar Jr.
Salazar initially reported that the baby had been kidnapped, prompting a search.
The child's body was later found in a river near Carthage.
Salazar's attorney had asked the case be moved out of Jasper County due to media coverage.
A judge has denied that motion.
Updated April 19, 2010: At a hearing on Monday Eddie Salazar requested a change of venue. The judge took the request under advisement and did not issue a ruling.
Salazar is charged with second degree murder for the death of his eight-month-old son Eddie Salazar, Junior.
Salazar is expected back in court in June.
Updated March 29, 2010: Eddie Salazar is charged with second degree murder in the death of his eight month old son Eddie Salazar, Jr.
Salazar initially reported that his son had been kidnapped, prompting a search for the baby.
The child's body was later found in Spring River near Carthage and police say Salazar's version of events did not match up with the evidence.
On Monday Salazar plead not guilty.
Updated Mar 17, 2010: Eddie Salazar of Carthage is charged in the death of his infant son.
He originally reported the baby had been kidnapped, but police found the child's body days later in Spring River.
Court documents say the story he gave police did not match the evidence.
On Wednesday Salazar waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Jasper County court and will be tried for second degree murder.
Updated Mar 1, 2010: Police have dropped one of the charges against a Carthage man accused of killing his baby boy.
Eddie Salazar is now charged with second degree murder.
He had originally been held on a charge of filing a false police report in connection to an incident last month when he reported that intruders had broken into his home and kidnapped his eight month old son.
The child's body was later found in Spring River near Carthage.
Now that the murder charge is in place, prosecutors have elected to drop the false report charge to help them keep some evidence out of court longer.
Salazar remains in the Jasper County jail without bond.
Updated Feb 25, 2010: JASPER COUNTY, MO. - A Carthage man charged with killing his son and throwing the boy into a river appears before a judge.
Murder charges against Eddie Salazar, Sr.
Salazar appeared on video arraignment Thursday before Judge Richard Copeland.
Salazar is charged with second degree murder and filing a false police report.
A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf to the murder charge.
His son, eight month old Eddie Salazar, Jr., was reported missing nearly two weeks ago in what police now say was a false report.
Prosecutors say the autopsy shows the infant died of blunt force trauma to the head.
Authorities were called to the Salazar home where they were told two masked men broke in, assaulted the father and took the baby.
Following a two day search police found the infant's body in Spring River just east of Carthage.
Salazar will be back in court next week.
Updated Feb 17, 2010 - 4:40 PM CST: JASPER COUNTY, MO. - Preliminary autopsy results are back on a Carthage infant whose body was found floating in Spring River. Now prosecutors have filed a murder charge against the baby's father.
Eddie Salazar is now charged with second degree murder for the death of his eight-month-old son.
Eddie Salazar Jr. was first reported missing nearly two weeks ago in what police now say was a false report.
Authorities were called to the Salazar home February 5 where they were told two masked men broke in, assaulting Salazar and taking his son.
After an exhausting two day search authorities found the infant's body in Spring River just east of Carthage.
And now authorities know how the baby died.
Jasper County's prosecutor says Eddie Salazar, Jr. suffered blunt head trauma.
Updated Feb 17, 2010 - 1:15 PM CST: Murder charges are expected to be filed in Jasper County, Mo. today against Eddie Salazar, Sr.
Earlier this month Salazar reported that his eight month old was abducted earlier this month.
An Amber Alert was issued for Eddie Salazar, Jr., whose body was found later in the Spring River east of Carthage.
Medical examiners have ruled the death of Eddie Salazar, Jr. a homicide.
The cause of death will not be released at this time.
Updated Feb 11, 2010 - 4:34 PM CST: Eddie Salazar, Sr. appeared in Jasper County court on a misdemeanor charge of filing a false police report.
A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf and a public defender was appointed to represent him.
Salazar told police two masked men broke into his home last week and stole his 8-month-old baby. That report prompted an Amber Alert for Eddie Salazar, Jr. But police say that report was proven false and they found the baby's body Saturday afternoon in Spring River, just east of Carthage.
Salazar remains jailed on $100,000 bond.
Prosecutors are waiting to file additional charges pending details of a preliminary autopsy report.
Updated Feb 11, 2010 - 4:00 PM CST: Funeral services for Eddie Salazar, Jr. have been scheduled by Ulmer Funeral Home in Carthage, Missouri.
Visitation will be Friday night from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home on South Garrison Avenue.
The funeral service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m., also be at the funeral home.
Updated Feb 9, 2010 by JORDAN AUBEY: It could be two weeks before police release autopsy results on the body of a baby boy found in the Spring River.
Police in Carthage, Missouri say last Thursday Eddie Salazar Sr. said someone broke into his home and kidnapped his eight month old child, Eddie Salazar Jr.
The baby's body was found Saturday in the Spring River just east of Carthage.
The father has been charged with giving false information to police.
Police now say an autopsy on the baby's body has been completed but they are not releasing the results because further medical analysis needs to be done.
"The autopsy is a visual examination, it is with your eyes only basically," says Carthage Police Chief Greg Dagnan. "So if you get a trained pathologist a lot can be determined from the visual examination. But there are some things, lab testing looking at things under microscopes, there are things like that that are done that may not even be done on site and are certainly done later."
Dagnan says the baby's father remains the prime suspect in the child's death.
Updated Feb 8, 2010: An autopsy was scheduled to be conducted Monday morning on the body of Eddie Salazar, Jr.
The Carthage, Missouri eight month old was reported missing late Thursday night after his father called 911.
The Carthage Police chief says Eddie Salazar Sr. remains the prime suspect after the infant's body was found Saturday in the Spring River.
Salazar has already been charged with filing a false police report about the abduction of his son and more charges could follow pending autopsy results.
Preliminary results are expected back in the next couple of days.
Salazar is in custody with a $100,000 bond.
On Sunday Carthage residents gathered at churches to remember the little boy.
Acquaintances of the family say they are shocked with how the tragedy is unfolding.
Updated Feb 7, 2010 by ELIZABETH MATTHEWS: The short life of Eddie Salazar, Jr. is mourned in church services Sunday in Carthage, Missouri.
The child's body was recovered Saturday afternoon from the Spring River east of Carthage.
A kidnapping claim that prompted an amber alert, turned out be a false report, landing the baby's father in custody for a false police report.
At the Grace Episcopal Church Father Steven Wilson says they dedicated their communion to the baby Eddie Salazar's soul.
"It's harder for small communities in some ways to deal with such matters because there is no distance, you are not able to say well that happened 15 miles away or in a neighborhood that I would never go to," says Father Wilson.
Monica Puerto a mother of two, says she was afraid for her kids the night of the alleged abduction. Sunday morning at a Hispanic church service she found out that the baby's body had been found.
"It did come up in our sermon, I guess he was just saying that we have to pray a lot, and hope that none of our members, that will ever happen to," says Puerto.
Puerto remembers Salazar from his school days with her sister.
"The things that I have heard of him, because my sister used to talk about him like he was a real nice guy I would never think that he would've done something like that," says Puerto.
"In school he seemed like a nice kid, he was always laughing," says Narissa Masters, a classmate of Eddie's. "Always getting the class to laugh, didn't seem like a bad person to me."
Masters works at a Carthage gas station and says most of her customers were questioning Salazar's initial story.
"It just, it didn't sound plausible that he didn't know really what happened he didn't know how many people, it sounded fake," says Masters.
"Whenever something like this happens there's inevitably a human tendency to ask questions of meaning where was god in all of this, what does this mean and questions of also how to respond," says Father Wilson.
Father Wilson says the case could be a topic of next week's sermon as the story develops.
Updated Feb 6, 10:40 PM CST by ELIZABETH MATTHEWS: A search for a missing baby boy is over ending in tragedy as the alleged kidnapping has now turned into a homicide investigation.
A father's claim that his eight month old son was kidnapped is false and he is now a suspect in the baby's death.
"We put in the press release that he is believed to be Eddie Salazar, Jr. - there's no question in my mind that that's who it is," says Carthage Police Chief Greg Dagnan.
Chief Dagnan speaks of Eddie Salazar, Jr., whose body he believes was found Saturday afternoon around 3 PM in Spring River just east of Carthage, Missouri.
"It had washed downstream, that's all I need to say - it was kind of wedged on a tree trunk," says Jasper County Sheriff Archie Dunn.
Sheriff Dunn says information investigators received from talking to the suspect led them to the area where the infant's body was found.
Dunn is calling Eddie Salazar, Sr., the baby's father, that suspect. Salazar is in custody less than 24 hours after an Amber Alert prompted a massive search for his eight month old son.
Salazar was charged Friday evening for filing a false police report He led investigators to the wrong suspect and then began talking.
"Did then admit it wasn't guys in ski masks - 'I haven't been telling the truth,'" Dagnan says.
Salazar called officials late Thursday evening saying he had been knocked unconscious and his baby boy was missing after a struggle with two men dressed in black clothing and stocking caps.
The Carthage Police Department and local agencies banded together searching the area surrounding the baby's home and what officials are calling "other logical areas."
Chief Dagnan says the father's original story was false.
"(The father) tells you a story that's believed to be true and Amber Alerts are issued, people all over the state are looking for masked assailants - we find that's not true, there's obviously a reason someone deceived us," Dagnan says.
Sheriff Dunn says the father then gave a hint to the Spring River location and investigators began searching there.
Following a press conference in town the media was led to the same location and within 15 minutes Sheriff Dunn revealed their findings.
"People from the Missouri Water Patrol got in the watercraft," Dunn says. "They'd been out early. They ventured a little farther out this time and found the body."
Sheriff Dunn says it was a relief to find the body but officers are never ready for that situation.
"You don't find babies in the water every day," Dunn says.
An autopsy is being performed on the child in Columbia, Missouri.
Police say any other charges are not likely until those results are known.
Eddie Salazar, Sr. has a criminal record, having been sentenced to ten years in prison for second degree robbery in 2003.
The child's mother, Yadira Aguilar, has continued to cooperate with investigators.
The couple has also a three year old son who is ok.
Updated Feb 6, 3:40 PM CST: Sheriff Archie Dunn says they believe the body of eight month old Carthage boy missing since Thursday has been found.
An infant's body was found at about 3 PM CST on Saturday, and while it is believed to be Salazar's, Sheriff Dunn says it is being sent out for autopsy.
The body of Eddie Salazar, Jr. was found wrapped around a limb in the Spring River in an area known as Forest Mill, which is two miles south of 96 Highway east of Carthage.
Sheriff Dunn tells us that they started searching the area Friday night after receiving information from the suspect.
Updated Feb 6, 3:15 PM CST: According to Missouri Case.net, an Eddie Salazar of Carthage born in 1981 pled guilty to 2nd Degree Robbery in December 2003 and was sentenced to ten years of incarceration. KOAM is working to get more details on this incident.
According to Case.net, this individual also pled guilty to 2nd Degree Property Damage in 2000 and Stalking in 2001.
Updated Feb 6, 2:55 PM CST by ELIZABETH MATTHEWS: At 5:30 PM on February 5th, Eddie Salazar, Sr. - born February 2, 1981 - was arrested by the Carthage Police Department for filing a false report and is in custody.
During a news conference Saturday afternoon authorities say during the course of this investigation Salazar has lied to investigators, implicating an individual in the kidnapping who was later proven to be completely uninvolved in this incident. Other details have also since been proven to be untrue.
The child's mother's, Yadira Aguilar, has continued to cooperate with investigators. The couple's three year old son is ok.
The child still has not been found but the search continues and the Amber Alert is still active
More than 75 investigators are working the case and searching in and around the Carthage area.
Updated Feb 5, 6:20 PM CST: KOAM/FOX14 reporter Elizabeth Matthews was told that the search for Eddie Salazar will continue throughout the night.
Updated Feb 5, 4:55 PM CST by ELIZABETH MATTHEWS: Officials are saying they think the abduction of Eddie Salazar is an isolated incident and the suspects are strangers of the family. But they are still questioning family and close friends for more information.
"We are investigating as we always do any connections that friends and family members may have that may explain why someone would want to do this," says Carthage Police Chief Greg Dagnan. "Sometimes people don't realize the connection or it's a very weak or random connection and so we are exploring enemies, threats, things like that , that might have been made to the family, or any reason that we can figure out why someone would want to do this."
The officials have also stopped trains to search because there is a set of tracks very close to the house. Also, city trash services have been halted due to the investigation.
"We have searched almost all day and searches are still continuing in logical areas where if a child were still out in this weather where we could find the child, where a child might be dropped off or left, and those searches have expanded to even areas that may be aren't so logical, that just might be possibilities," says Chief Dagnan.
The officials are getting lots of leads and have been investigating those all morning long.
They are working on the assumption that the baby boy is still alive and will continue to work through the next 24 hours.
Updated Feb 5, 3:35 PM CST by ELIZABETH MATTHEWS: CARTHAGE, MO. - Officials say they are getting a lot of leads and at this time are still hoping Eddie Salazar is still alive.
Salazar's father says two men in black clothing and stocking caps forced their way into the home through the front door, knocked him out and took the infant. Salazar's mother was not in the house at the time.
Another child was in the house at the time of the incident.
Officials say it seems to be strangers rather than someone who knew the family, but the parents have not been ruled out as suspects.
Several law enforcement agencies as well as the MSSU Police Academy are talking to neighbors and going door to door in a ten to twenty block radius. Officials are stopping trains to search them and city trash service has stopped. Water rescue teams are searching Spring River and Kellog Lake.
There is no vehicle information and it is unclear if they were even driving.
Another news conference is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. at Memorial Hall in Carthage.
Updated Feb 5, 1:15 PM CST: Galena, Kansas police searched an Allied Waste Services disposal site after being contacted by the Carthage Police Department. Carthage police were following up on a possible lead, but nothing suspicious was found.
Updated Feb 5 - 12:50 PM CST: Officials are scaling back their investigation at the scene in Carthage, Missouri. KOAM reporter Elizabeth Matthews told us live at noon that around 100 investigators had been at the scene.
A news conference is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Updated Feb 5 - 12:15 PM CST: All morning long Carthage police officers have been searching for eight month old Eddie Salazar.
Salazar's father called in at 11:04 Friday night saying he had been in a struggle with the two masked suspects and his baby boy had been abducted. The incident happened only moments before the phone call. At the time of the invasion another child was in the house.
Officials have called in several other departments for assistance including the Webb City Police Department, Joplin police, Jasper County officials, highway patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
All morning officials have been scouring the area doing a grid search for evidence, tips or clues into this investigation.
The eight month old, Eddie Salazar is described as having black hair, and brown eyes, wearing a blue short sleeve body suit with white socks, he also has a birth mark on his right arm in the shape of a lung.
"As you can see from the Amber Alert the descriptions of the suspects is there's not a lot that he was able to provide as far at the description of the individuals or the direction of travel or mode of travel or anything like that," says Carthage PD Captain Randee Kaiser.
And that is why officials need your help.
They ask for everyone to be on the lookout for two males with a small male baby.
Right now the department is working dozens of leads but asks if you have any information please contact your local officials.
Updated Feb 5 - 10:00 AM CST: The Carthage Police Department says time is critical and search parties are out searching for two men they believe abducted an eight month old late Thursday evening.
Police say the father of Eddie Salazar called 911 at 11:04 p.m. on Thursday. The father told police he had been assaulted and two masked men stole his eight month old son.
A second young child was also in the house at the time.
An Amber Alert has been issued for the child.
Police say there are several leads but are not saying if they believe the two men and baby are still in the Carthage area.
Reported Feb 5, 2010 at 8:31 AM CST: An Amber Alert has been issued after a baby was abducted during a home invasion in Carthage, Missouri late last night.
Carthage police say two masked individuals broke into the house on East Mound Street and took eight month old Eddie Salazar after assaulting his father.
Salazar is described as having black hair and brown eyes and wearing a blue short sleeve body suit and white socks. He also has a birthmark on his right arm in the shape of a lung.
If you see the child please contact the Carthage Police Department at (417) 237-7200 or dial 911.
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