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Illegal Alien Suspect in Kidnapping of 12-Year-Old Girl Also Faces Capital Murder Charges


Jose Paulino Pascual-Reyes

The suspect arrested last week for kidnapping a 12-year-old girl in Alabama is in the US illegally.

37-year-old Jose Paulino Pascual-Reyes was arrested last week after an injured 12-year-old girl was found wandering down a road in Dadeville, Alabama.

Pasqual-Reyes tied the child to a bedpost, drugged her and assaulted her before she escaped by chewing through the restraints.

When police went to search through Pasqual-Reyes’ home, they discovered two decomposing bodies – the child’s 14-year-old brother and 29-year-old mother, WSFA reported.

Pasqual-Reyes was deported in 2014 and came back to the United States illegally, according to the Daily Caller.

He is facing three counts of capital murder, one count of first-degree kidnapping and two counts of abuse of corpse, WSFA reported.

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Sheriff Jimmy Abbett has confirmed the arrest of Jose Paulino Pascual-Reyes, 37. The man is being held on three counts of capital murder after two decomposing bodies were found, as well as one count of first-degree kidnapping after the child was discovered walking along a roadside. He is also being charged with two counts of abuse of corpse.

Abbett said deputies were called just before 8:30 a.m. to County Road 34, just south of Dadeville, after a report of a 12-year-old girl wandering down the road. The child was taken from the area for medical help.

Abbett called the child a “hero” for what she endured. Court filings indicate she’d been tied to bed posts for nearly a week. During that time, she was assaulted and kept in a drugged state through the use of alcohol.

The child managed to escape, the documents revealed, only after chewing through her restraints.

The affidavit, Abbett added, allowed the sheriff’s department to arrest Reyes and complete a search of his home, located in the 3500 block of County Road 34.

Inside the home, deputies found two decomposing bodies. It’s unclear how long the bodies had been there. Abbett said the victims’ remains have since been taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for autopsies and identification.

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