Father of dead infant found in Bellflower surrenders at US-Mexico border

The father of an 8-month-old girl found dead behind a Bellflower mortuary surrendered to federal law enforcement at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department confirmed Alexander Echeverria was taken into custody on Monday. Sheriff's officials held a news briefing Monday afternoon to briefly discuss the case.

They said Echeverria was returning to the U.S. from Mexico and had a lawyer with him at the time of his surrender.

Sheriff's officials declined to comment further on the case citing an ongoing investigation.

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The L.A. County Coroner's Office identified the 8-month-old as Alexia Rose Echeverria. Detectives believe she died in Sacramento. She was last seen with her father, 22-year-old Alexander Echeverria in a grey 2014 VW Jetta. Authorities said Echeverria's family told law enforcement that he suffered from depression.

The infant's body was discovered on May 27 in a car seat partially covered by a blanket behind Funeraria del Angel in the 10300 block of Alondra Boulevard in Bellflower.