- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - The father of a Mason City toddler slain in 1994 said the jury that acquitted Michael Cisneros failed his son.

John Snyder Sr., who now lives in Huntington Beach, California, said the verdict rendered Monday made him feel sick.

“I just couldn’t believe it. It just didn’t make sense at all,” he told the Mason City Globe Gazette (https://bit.ly/Ua6woL ).

Cisneros, 38, was found not guilty of first-degree murder in the slaying of 20-month-old John Snyder Jr. The boy’s dad reported him missing on July 20, 1994, and his body was found the next day in a creek.

Cisneros, whom Snyder said was an acquaintance, was arrested in July 2013 after investigators said there was a match between his DNA profile and blood found on the boy’s pajama bottoms.

During trial, the defense focused on the actions of the toddler’s father, who denied any involvement in the boy’s death. Snyder was accused of drug use and violent behavior.

“I wasn’t on trial,” he said. “It was not about me but they tried to make it about me.”

Snyder denied any involvement in his son’s death.

“There was no evidence against me,” he said. “All they could talk about was to insinuate things. There’s a thing called evidence and facts.”

Records show Cisneros has been released from the Cerro Gordo County Jail.


Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/

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