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Deputies still searching for man accused of killing 3-year-old

TAMPA — Deputies are still searching for Michell Blanco, the man with an outstanding warrant on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse in the death of his girlfriend's 3-year-old son.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that detectives are visiting places Blanco is known to frequent, and they've put out a bulletin so other agencies can keep an eye out for him.

The boy, Alexis DeJesus, died last week after suffering head trauma and other injuries while under Blanco's care. When the boy's mother, Itzaira DeJesus, returned home, she found him motionless and struggling to breathe, she said last week in an interview with the St. Petersburg Times.

Blanco told DeJesus that the child's injuries were from a fall, but the doctors told her it appeared he had been beaten.

Sheriff's investigators questioned Blanco, then let him go. He vanished.

The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office declared the death a homicide.

The Sheriff's Office asks that anyone with information about Blanco's whereabouts call the agency at (813) 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.

Deputies still searching for man accused of killing 3-year-old 06/01/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 3:29pm]
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