Blackfoot man charged with murder after young child dies
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BLACKFOOT — Bingham County prosecutors have charged a Blackfoot man with first-degree murder after a young child died.
Jesus Adan Castillo, 22, could face life in prison or the death penalty after the child died from injuries Castillo allegedly caused.
On March 23, around 4 a.m., Blackfoot Police officers responded to a home on the 1600 block of Camas St. to assist with an ambulance call for an unresponsive child under 2 years old.
The child was rushed to Bingham Memorial Hospital and then taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in critical condition, according to police. The child later died.
The City of Blackfoot/Bingham County Detective Division investigated the incident and later arrested Castillo on felony charges of aggravated battery and felony injury to child.
Prosecutors have since amended those charges to first-degree murder, and Castillo is in the Bingham County Jail on a $1 million bond.
Bingham County Prosecutor Cleve Colson requested the case be sealed and Magistrate Judge James Barrett granted the request Tuesday morning, according to court clerks.
EastIdahoNews.com has reached out to Colson for comment on the case and will update this story when our messages are returned.
Castillo is due back in court in April for a preliminary hearing.