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Man convicted in child’s death arrested in Nevada

PHOENIX — A man who fled Arizona after being convicted of first-degree
murder and child abuse in 2012 has been arrested in Nevada.

The U.S. Marshals Service says Jose Lopez was taken into custody Thursday night
at a Las Vegas apartment complex.

Lopez had posted bond after his arrest in the 2007 death of 21-month-old Mia
Alvarez and was required to attend his trial.

Pinal County prosecutors say Lopez fled the courthouse during a lunch recess
and wasn’t present when the jury announced its verdict in July 2012. A warrant
was issued for his arrest.

Authorities say Lopez had been babysitting for his fiancee in Arizona City in
July 2007.

He was accused of seriously injuring the girl, who suffered skull fractures and
bruises. She died days later at a Phoenix hospital.


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