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Father accused of running over toddler has criminal history

Father accused of running over toddler has criminal history
Sunland Park Police

POSTED: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 9:43pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 8:59am

The father accused of accidentally running over his own son during a drug deal attempt is no stranger to the law, NewsChannel 9 has discovered.

According to El Paso County records, 25-year-old Daniel Orozco pleaded guilty to assault and theft in November, and to theft - again - in March. 

Orozco is currently charged with Child Abuse Causing Death. Sunland Park Police said he ran over his 3-year-old son, Daniel Jr., while attempting to purchase heroin near a park in Anapra on Wednesday morning.

The toddler unbuckled himself and slipped out of the vehicle without his father noticing, according to investigators. Orozco arrived at Sunland Park Police headquarters with his son in his arms, looking for help, authorities said.

Daniel Jr. was flown to University Medical Center in El Paso where he later died.

Orozco's bond was set at $500,000.

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