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Benton County Resident Arrested Following The Investigation Of A Child Death

Thursday, December 6, 2012

On Saturday, Dec.1, 2012, the Benton County Sheriff's Department was notified by the Division of Family Services of the death of 2-year-old Mia Aguilar, of Cole Camp. Benton County Sheriff Rick Fajen requested that members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control assist with the death investigation. The subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Rafael Alejo Rodriguez, 27, of Cole Camp, Missouri, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, for second degree murder and child abuse. Rodriguez, who is an acquaintance of the child's mother, was transported to the Benton County Jail where he currently is being held.

The charges for which Rodriguez was arrested are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.



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