- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 3, 2008

ASSOCIATED PRESS

A D.C. man has been charged with strangling his 12-year-old daughter.

Felipe Antonio Caceres, 45, was charged with murder Saturday after he walked into a police station Friday night, Metropolitan Police spokeswoman Traci Hughes said.

Police had been looking for the father since the body of Marisol Caceres was discovered Tuesday inside their Northeast apartment.

The medical examiner determined that the girl had been strangled.

Mr. Caceres walked into 3rd District police headquarters Friday night, police told WTOP radio. Police on Thursday had announced that they were seeking Mr. Caceres, but stressed that it was only for questioning.

Mr. Caceres disappeared after Marisol was found dead inside their home on Hawaii Avenue.

Police said Mr. Caceres had cuts and bruises on his body when he arrived at the police station. He told police that he had been traveling on foot for the past several days. After questioning, police charged him with felony murder Saturday morning.

“There is nothing more disturbing to a police officer than the death of a child,” Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said at a press conference Saturday.

“It’s a horrible fact that sometimes family members are involved in that level of violence,” she said.

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty agreed. “Beyond the family tragedy, is the tragedy that a 12-year-old girl is dead in our city, and it’s something that has to go punished,” he said.

Marisol was the youngest of five children. She had just completed sixth grade at Harriet Tubman Elementary School.

Funeral services are planned for Tuesday.

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