On Wednesday, prosecutors in the coastal Mexican state of Nayarit announced that Eleodoro Carlos Rodriguez Sanchez has been charged with the rape and murder of 2-year-old Axel Charrette.
The toddler was killed on February 28, while on vacation with his parents at a rental home on Mexico's Pacific coast.
Sanchez reportedly beat the child, raped him and tossed him into the pool, where he drowned.
The alleged murderer is the ex-boyfriend of the child's babysitter, Nancy Saralee Solorio Pérez, who has also been charged with homicide after failing to intervene in the attack, as well as lying to authorities afterwards, according to prosecutors.
The Associated Press reported:
[Family spokesman Brian] Scranton said the Charrettes had returned to Ridgway, Colorado, on Monday and were overwhelmed by the support from residents of the town, who had set up an assistance fund, created a website for neighbors to sign up to bring meals to the grieving family and opened their homes to relatives coming to support the family. The town is naming a bike trail after the slain boy, Scranton said.