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Suspect in toddler's death to remain on bond despite violating conditions

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Bethany Freudenthal, Las Cruces Sun-News
Published 5:15 p.m. MT Aug. 8, 2019

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A man who is accused in the death of 2-year-old Fabiola Rodriguez last year, will remain out on bond, despite violating conditions of release.
Bethany Freudenthal, Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS CRUCES – A man who stands accused of killing a Las Cruces toddler late last year, will remain out of prison on bond, despite breaking the conditions of bail. 

During a hearing Thursday, Third Judicial District Court Judge Douglas Driggers ruled Lalo Anthony Castrillo IV,  24, be released into the custody of his parents on a secured bond of $35,000, and ordered to abide by a curfew set between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. 

Early in the morning of Sept. 6, 2018, Castrillo is accused of causing the death of 2-year-old Fabiola Rodriguez — the daughter of his then-girlfriend. He’s charged with one count of intentional child abuse resulting in death. 

Evidence presented during the initial preliminary hearing, found Fabiola suffered from blunt force trauma to her head and body, and showed signs of abuse. 

On Sept. 14, Driggers gave Castrillo a $35,000 bond.

One of the conditions of Castrillo’s bail is that he can’t drink alcohol.

Celebrating the 4th of July

On Thursday, prosecutors argued that Castrillo’s bail be revoked because he was seen drinking.

During the hearing, Prosecuting Attorney Richard Jacquez told the court Castrillo drank alcohol at two different establishments — Applebee’s and Rad Retrocade.

“There should be zero tolerance,” Jacquez told the judge. 

One of the alleged incidences was on Independence Day. 

“It’s ironic, your honor, that the defendant’s response in the motion was that he was there to celebrate the Fourth of July, the freedom of our country. Well, he made a choice your honor. He made a choice on that day to violate this court’s order knowingly and willfully and as a result of that, he should lose his freedom,” Jacquez said. 

Lalo Castrillo, accused in the death of 2-year-old Fabiola Rodriguez last year, attended court Thursday Aug. 8, 2019, to review his conditions of release.

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Lalo Castrillo appeared in Third Judicial District Court, Thursday Aug. 8, 2019, for a bond review hearing. Castrillo, who is accused in the death of 2-year-old Fabiola Rodriguez last year, will remain out on bond.

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Lalo Castrillo, accused in the death of 2-year-old Fabiola Rodriguez last year, attended court Thursday Aug. 8, 2019, to review his conditions of release.

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Perla Linarez, the grandmother of Fabiola Rodriguez, listens to Third District Court Judge Douglas Driggers' ruling that Lalo Castrillo, who is accused in her granddaughter's death, will remain out of prison until trial.

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Perla Linarez, the grandmother of Fabiola Rodriguez, listens to Third District Court Judge Douglas Driggers' ruling that Lalo Castrillo, who is accused in her granddaughter's death, will remain out of prison until trial.

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Perla Linarez, the grandmother of Fabiola Rodriguez, listens to Third District Court Judge Douglas Driggers' ruling that Lalo Castrillo, who is accused in her granddaughter's death, will remain out of prison until trial.

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Caught up in the moment 

Defense Attorney Jose Coronado argued Castrillo’s actions on the days in question were not done with intent to disobey a court order. 

“There’s no evidence to support that Mr. Castrillo drank alcohol in willful defiance,” he said. 

Instead, Coronado told the court Castrillo got caught up in the moment and made the immature decision to drink. 

“He certainly did not use good judgement. He had a drink, maybe two drinks, I’m not sure, in violation of court orders,” Coronado said. 

Perla Linarez, Fabiola’s grandmother, was angry with Driggers’ decision.

“All I can is there’s no justice,” she told the Sun-News.

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Bethany Freudenthal can be reached at bfreudenthal@lcsun-news.com, 575-541-5449 or @bethanyfreuden1 on Twitter. 

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