Dumpster boy’s brother was found dead on Monday. According to the New York Daily News, the body of 5-year-old Josue Ramirez-Marinero was found in the Elkhorn River in Nebraska, “tangled in tree limbs” at the water’s edge. The child was thrown into the river by his 25-year-old half-brother, Roberto Martinez-Marinero, who admittedly tossed him off a bridge into the water below.
Body of Josue Ramirez-Marinero found today after last week’s Amber Alert – RIP Josue pic.twitter.com/nXy6TDsZgx
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“Why anyone would do these kinds of acts, it’s hard to imagine what was going through anyone’s mind,” said Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine.
The boy had been missing since last Wednesday, the same day that police found his mother stabbed to death.
The deceased boy’s brother was found in a dumpster that day as well. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Martinez-Marinero turned himself into police on Friday, telling them that he committed these heinous crimes. He has since been charged with two counts of first degree murder, kidnapping, and various weapons charges. Prosecutors say that they are seeking the death penalty for him. His 24-year-old girlfriend, Gabriela Guevara, has also been charged in the case after she “lied to cops,” and allegedly hid evidence. It is unknown what type of punishment she faces.
Previously, a motive for these acts was unknown. Mr. Kleine said that Martinez-Marinero revealed that there was a fight about money that started this cycle. He said that he stabbed his mother, and then “bashed” her in the face with a baseball bat before dumping her body in a ditch. It is believed that he killed the 5-year-old because the child witnessed him kill his mother, though that is unconfirmed. It’s unknown why he threw the 11-month-old in a dumpster, but the baby was unharmed save for a couple of bruises. Both boys were said to be at home at the time of their mother’s murder.
The dumpster boy’s half-brother was in court today. According to NewsMax, a judge denied bond for him. The judge set bail for Guevara at $1 million.
The news is still unbelievably shocking to everyone who reads it, and for those who knew the family, and those children.
“I spent all of my time with them. They (Josue and Angel) grew up at my house. I loved Josue as my own child, and Ismenia was my best friend,” said babysitter Teresa Rivera-Avelar, who was sobbing during her interview.
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