Teen accused of rape, strangling of toddler
LAREDO, Texas (AP) - A 17-year-old from Laredo has been indicted on charges that he kidnapped, sexually assaulted and murdered a toddler last year.
Jose "Lalo" Eduardo Arredondo has been in custody since authorities tracked him down in Mexico last fall, but on Tuesday, he was formally indicted.
In September 2009, 2-year-old Katherine Cardenas was found dead outside her home. Her mother was later sentenced to two years in prison for child abandonment.
Arredondo was 16 at the time the little girl was killed, and while he'll be tried as an adult, he won't face the death penalty.
Arredondo's attorney, Eduardo Pena, told the Laredo Morning Times that Arredondo has been diagnosed as psychotic and has a history of suicide attempts.
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