A woman suspected in the arson death of a 7-year-old boy who was left home alone planned to rob the residence to get back at her ex-husband, court records show.
Lorese Paulina Cruz, 26, and Julio Cesar Nevarez, 19, both of Oklahoma City, were arrested Friday and booked into the Oklahoma County jail on complaints of murder, arson and burglary, authorities said.
Adrian Roberto Avalos was found in the house at 2533 SW 51 when firefighters were called about 11:50 p.m. April 28.
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.
Burglary scheme told
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.
Investigators recovered a missing television and computer at the home of Nevarez's parents, police reported. Nevarez and Cruz are boyfriend and girlfriend.
Nevarez denied going to the residence and participating in the burglary, telling investigators he and Cruz told two Hispanic men which house to burglarize and what to take, according to the affidavit.
He told investigators that he and Cruz were unaware there was a child in the house, police reported.
Cruz denied any knowledge of the crimes to investigators, but told the witness exactly where the fire started and said gasoline was used, police said.
Adrian was a first-grader at nearby Coolidge Elementary. School officials are planning to honor him Friday with a tree planting ceremony and balloon release at 8:30 a.m. on the school's playground.