NEW details continue to emerge after the dismembered bodies of a mother and son were found in a home where a 12-year-old girl was tied to a bed for a week.
The mother’s boyfriend, Jose Reyes, has been accused of murdering the two and then holding the 12-year-old daughter hostage.
New documents obtained by WRBL reveal that investigators believe Reyes may have intentionally killed his girlfriend, Sandra Vazquez Ceja, by using a pillow to smother her.
Ceja’s son, 14, was allegedly killed by Reyes after he struck the boy using his hands and feet, according to the arrest warrants.
The 14-year-old boy’s name has not been released.
Authorities also believe that after killing Ceja and her son, Reyes cut up their bodies into small pieces in his Alabama mobile home in an attempt to hide the evidence.
After the killings, Reyes allegedly held the daughter captive, tying her to a bed in his mobile home.
Investigators believe Reyes may have given the girl alcohol and drugs during that time.
But the girl escaped on August 1, allegedly by chewing through her restraints and leaving the home while Reyes was out working.
A pedestrian saw the girl while she was fleeing the home and called 911.
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Court documents allege that the girl had marks on her wrist consistent with being restrained.
She also had broken braces on her teeth from chewing through the restraints, according to the court documents.
After making these observations, authorities began investigating the mobile home, which is when they discovered the dismembered bodies.
Reyes, 37, is facing multiple counts of capital murder, two counts of abuse of a corpse, and first-degree kidnapping, according to Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett.
He remains in custody at Tallapoosa County Detention Center, being held without bond.
Abbett called the girl a hero.
“She is safe now, and so we want to keep her that way.”
He also said: “It’s horrendous to have a crime scene of this nature.”
The investigation is ongoing.
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