OGDEN, Utah (News4Utah) – Alex Hidalgo could be facing the death penalty if he’s convicted of murdering his son.
Monday, the Weber County attorney filed aggravated murder along with obstruction of justice and desecration of a body against Hidalgo. The aggravated murder charge makes the case death penalty eligible. But the Weber County attorney will not make a decision whether to pursue it as a death penalty case until after the preliminary hearing.
“It’s an ugly case obviously,” said Chris Allred, the Weber County attorney. “And it’s such a horrific scene and so sad involving a child.”
The county attorney is not reluctant to pursue the death penalty. Two weeks ago, in a separate case, Allred notified the court he’ll seek the death penalty against Miller Costello and Brenda Emile. The parents are accused of torturing their son, hiding him in a closet before he died.
“It really is (odd) so close on the heels of that one,” Allred said.
Hidalgo is accused of stabbing his son to death and then hiding the body in a garbage bag in a closet. When the baby’s mother arrived home, he was allegedly reading the bible and watching a religious movie. In a probable cause statement, Hidalgo told the baby’s mother that he saw the demonic “666” on the baby.
Jayme Palmer who claimed she was friends with the baby’s mother claimed she didn’t know Alex Hidalgo that well. But recalled what she now views as a disturbing conversation with him.
“He was getting in conversations about God and the Bible and seems like he was OK once we got an understanding of it,” said Palmer.
Monday, Palmer was still feeling the pain of what happened to her friend.
“(I am) very heartbroken and saddened and depressed, tragic,” said Palmer. “I got a text from her today and … I told her to keep her head strong and do the best you can because she’s a very good lady.”
Friends have set up a GoFundMe account to help the mother with funeral expenses.
Her friends at the apartment complex say her children meant the world to her.
“She is a good mom,” said Melissa Pope. “She always talked about her kids, always and she also had a smile on her face too. (Baby Hidalgo) was full of smiles. That’s what I’ll always remember about him. He was a smiling baby. always smiling.”
Alex Hidalgo remained in the Weber County jail with no chance at bail. He’ll make his first court appearance Wednesday.
Those who know Hidalgo but wanted to remain anonymous claimed he was “hearing voices” recently and was possibly suffering from schizophrenia.