Prosecutors have filed first-degree murder, arson and burglary charges against a couple in the April 28 death of a 7-year-old boy left home alone.
Lorese Paulina Cruz, 26, and Julio Cesar Nevarez, 19, both of Oklahoma City, were charged late Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court, records show.
Adrian Roberto Avalos, 7, was found in the house at 2533 SW 51 when firefighters were called about 11:50 p.m. April 28.
Cruz and Nevarez were arrested Friday and are being held without bail in the Oklahoma County jail, records show.
A witness told police Cruz said she was responsible for the child's death, adding that she was angry at her ex-husband, Tony Guillen, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Adrian lived at the house with his mother, Noemi Lopez, and Guillen, who were at a bar until 2 a.m., neighbors said.
Cruz said her ex-husband was not paying child support for their daughter and she planned the burglary to steal money, drugs and anything else of value, the witness told police.
Nevarez told investigators that he and Cruz were unaware there was a child in the house.
Cruz denied any knowledge of the crimes to investigators, but told the witness exactly where the fire started and said gasoline was used, police reported.