Photo: TRAGIC: Colorado Boy Killed in Mexico by Babysitter's Ex-Boyfriend
A family is heartbroken after the death of a 2-year-old Colorado boy in Mexico.
The boy’s parents, Randy and Jen Charrette, were renting a home in Sayulita, which is not far from Puerto Vallarta, and had hired a local woman and her mother to watch 2-year-old Axel and a 7-year-old Kalden with in Mexico.
According to a statement from the Charrettes, who are from just outside Telluride, on February 28th, while they were out, the boys were left in the care of Nancy Saralee Solorio Pérez. Solorio Pérez’s ex-boyfriend, Eleodoro Carlos Rodríguez Sánchez, arrived at the home. After letting him onto the walled property, she realized he was in a drug-fueled, violent state.
Frightened, Solorio Pérez locked herself in a bathroom without the boys. While she was safe in the bathroom, Rodríguez Sánchez went after Axel. He reportedly attacked the toddler, took him outside, then threw him into a pool, where he was left to drown. Kalden was still in the house, though prosecutors say he did not witness the murder of his younger brother.
The Charrettes had been in Mexico for 2 months when the attack occurred, having left Colorado for an 8-month stay in the country.
Rodríguez Sánchez was arrested and charged with rape and murder. It is unclear who was raped. The babysitter, Solorio Pérez, has also been charged with murder for failing to stop the attack. She is also charged with lying about what happened to medical personnel.
Those with the Mexican Consulate have stated the Charrettes’ case is of utmost importance, as the safety of U.S. tourists are top priorities.
The family has since returned to Colorado where their local community has come together to help the family during this time of tragedy. Neighbors have even opened their home to the Charrettes’ relatives coming in from out of town.
Family spokesman Brian Scranton says a bike trail is also being named after the young life lost.