Dad accused in 2-year-old’s death returned to Gwinnett County

Dad accused in 2-year-old’s death returned to Gwinnett County

A man who allegedly killed his 2-year-old daughter, then hid her body in an attic before fleeing to Mexico in 2007 is now in the Gwinnett County jail.

Christian Vasquez, 28, was extradited to Georgia and booked into jail Thursday night, according to the FBI Atlanta Field Office. Vasquez was arrested in July by Mexican law enforcement authorities in the town of Puebla, located in south central Mexico, according to Special Agent Stephen Emerson.

Vasquez allegedly killed his young daughter, Prisi, with a blow to the head sometime in 2007, according to investigators. Vasquez then placed the girl’s body in the attic of the family’s Lawrenceville-area home before fleeing to Mexico with his then-20-year-old wife and her child from a previous marriage, police previously said.

But it was at least a year before Prisi’s body was discovered.

In June 2008, a tip from a relative of the toddler’s mother led police to a rental home on Stillwater Drive, where Vasquez had lived with his family. The girl’s small body was found wrapped in plastic in the attic of the home, unknown even to the person renting the home at the time, police previously said.

The following month, Prisi Vasquez was buried in an infant grave at White Chapel Memorial Gardens in Duluth, alongside her great-uncle.

Vasquez was indicted by a Gwinnett County grand jury on Aug. 27, 2008, charging him with murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and cruelty to children. A federal arrest warrant charging Vasquez with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution was then obtained and the Gwinnett County DA also obtained a provisional arrest warrant to allow Mexican law enforcement to arrest Vasquez, Emerson said.

Jail records show Vasquez was booked in at 9:20 p.m. Thursday. He was being held without bond.

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