longview — A Tyler man was added to the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted fugitive list last week in connection with the murder of his girlfriend's 1-year-old son.
Authorities have been searching for 26-year-old Simon Lopez since Nov. 24 when a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Police spokesman Donald Martin said Lopez fled after he dropped the 18-month-old boy off at one of the boy's aunt's home, according to Tyler police officials. The boy was not breathing at the time.
Lopez was babysitting his girlfriend's two children while she worked in Lindale that day, and had reportedly left the the children home alone while he took his girlfriend, Emma Torres, to work.
The victim, Jeremy Silva, was pronounced dead after being rushed to the hospital by his aunt. An autopsy report showed that his death was caused from a torn atrium in his heart, a result of blunt force trauma to his chest, officials have said.
The report also indicated that Jeremy suffered prior abuse, including several broken ribs and bruising to his body, according to Tyler police.
Lopez faces charges for capital murder in connection with the toddler's death and assault on a public servant in connection with an incident in Dallas, U.S. Marshal officials said.
U.S. Marshals officials said a reward up to $25,000 is being offered for information leading directly to Lopez's arrest.
Anyone with information regarding Lopez's whereabouts is asked to contact the U.S. Marshals Communications center at (800) 336-0102. For more information visit www.usmarshals.gov.