The father of 12-year-old Marisol Caceres was arrested in her killing and jailed without bond yesterday as more grim details emerged about the girl's strangulation Tuesday in her family's Northeast Washington apartment.
Clad in a white jail jumpsuit, his legs shackled and head bowed, Felipe Antonio Caceres, 45, stood quietly before a D.C. Superior Court judge yesterday afternoon, a Spanish-speaking interpreter whispering in his right ear as a prosecutor outlined the second-degree, unpremeditated murder case against him.
"Extremely disturbing circumstances," Judge Lynn Leibovitz said, ordering Caceres jailed pending a preliminary hearing Aug. 21.
When Marisol's mother, Berta Alvarado, and one of the victim's step-siblings found her body in their apartment about 1 p.m. Tuesday, Marisol was "lying on the living room floor, partially clothed and with a plastic bag over her head," according to an affidavit filed in court by Detective Carlos Hilliard of the D.C. police.
The girl's "shirt was pushed halfway up her midsection and . . . her shorts were pushed halfway down her left," the affidavit states. "The plastic bag was tied with a knot." The medical examiner who determined that Marisol was strangled said she suffered bruises on her head and both legs as well as abrasions to her neck. There was no evidence of a sexual assault, the examiner said.