A man in Texas is facing manslaughter charges after authorities said he fatally shot a father, stole his car, and then hit his victim’s 2-year-old son in the back seat of a heated vehicle. But left to die.
Bolanle Fadeiro, 38, was arrested early Wednesday after an hour-long search and has been charged with two counts of murder and tampering with evidence. Houston Police said Thursday.
Houston Police Acting Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite said during a news conference that the violence followed a possible argument between Fadeiro and the father shortly after the pair met at around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Fadeiro allegedly shot 38-year-old father, who was identified by local news outlet As Michael Essian, several times in the parking lot. He then boarded the victim’s black SUV, which had small children, police said.
About five hours later, the victim’s wife reported the disappearance of her husband and son to the police. Officials said the woman was able to give information about her husband’s vehicle which led her to know it about 1 mile from the place of theft.
Officers managed to break into the parked, locked SUV around 7 pm and found the child unresponsive in the back seat. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene, Satterwhite said, adding that heat exhaustion was a likely cause of death.
Officials said an autopsy would determine the official cause.
At Fadeiro’s bond hearing on Thursday, a prosecutor insisted the child would have received no respite from the heat while locked inside the vehicle.
“The windows were rolled and the engine was turned off,” he told the judge, Local station KHOU . According to, “The outside temperature at that time was around 93 degrees. The vehicle was parked on a concrete road in the city without any shadow.”
KHOU reported that Fedaro’s total bond was set at $1,550,000. It is not clear whether he has a lawyer.
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