LAWRENCEVILLE - A 23-year-old man allegedly murdered his 4-year-old daughter in 2007 and hid her body in the attic of their Lawrenceville home before moving to Mexico several months later, police said Wednesday.
Christian Vasquez, believed to be living in Mexico, is charged with one count of murder in the death of Prisi Vasquez in early 2007, Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said.
The remains of the young girl's body were discovered Friday by homicide investigators in the attic of the Lawrenceville home Christian Vasquez formerly shared with his wife,
Amy Yesemia Ruiz, 20, Prisi Vasquez and another child.
An arrest warrant obtained by the Post on Tuesday stated the girl's cause of death was a skull fracture to the back of her head. It stated her death occurred between Jan. 1 and Feb. 15, 2007.
Gwinnett authorities said Wednesday they have been in contact with Mexican officials to locate Christian Vasquez.
Police were tipped off by a family member who recently had a suspicious phone conversation with Ruiz, who allegedly moved to Mexico from Gwinnett County in April 2007, Schiralli said.
In that conversation, the unidentified family member told Ruiz she had to return to Gwinnett County with her two children. Ruiz then said one of her children had died of natural causes at their home - 729 Stillwater Lane in Lawrenceville - and that Christian Vasquez hid the body in the house before they moved. Ruiz said her husband did not want to inform authorities of the death because they did not have legal custody of the two children and they would get in trouble, Schiralli said.
Last Friday, homicide investigators gained permission to search the residence, which is occupied by another tenant. There, authorities searched the attic and found the remains of the girl. An autopsy determined that the cause of death was homicide.
No charges have been filed against Ruiz, who authorities said is on her way back to Gwinnett County for questioning.
"At this time she is cooperating with the investigators," Schiralli said in a phone interview Wednesday morning.
The investigation was initially reported in Wednesday's Gwinnett Daily Post using an arrest warrant provided by the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday afternoon. The Gwinnett County Police Department subsequently issued a press release Wednesday to provide more details about the case.