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Sacramento father suspected of baby's death arrested at San Ysidro border

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Posted at 5:19 PM, Jun 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-03 20:19:18-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A father whose infant daughter was found dead outside a Los Angeles-area mortuary surrendered Monday at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Alexander Echevarria, 22, of Sacramento, turned himself in to authorities at the San Ysidro Port of Entry with his attorney by his side.

Echevarria was considered a person of interest in the death of 8-month-old Alexia Rose.

The baby’s body was found near a trash container outside a funeral home in Bellflower last week. The infant was partially covered by a blanket and left in a car seat.

Police believe the girl died in Sacramento. Her death was not due to natural causes, the Sacramento County Sheriff said Monday.

Family members had reported Echeverria missing on Memorial Day. They said he suffers from depression and had made suicidal statements.

Echevarria, who also had an arrest warrant on domestic violence-related charges, is being held in San Diego pending transfer to Sacramento.

Associated Press contributed to this report.