Juan Garcia Allegedly Beat His Girlfriend's 2-Year-Old Son To Death; Boy's Mother Called Police A Few Hours Later

See the latest update on the police hunt for Juan Garcia.

Phoenix police are looking for 18-year-old Juan Garcia, who allegedly went over to his girlfriend's house on Friday night, beat her 2-year-old son to death, and left.

The boy's 18-year-old mother, Wendy Rogel-Pagas, was jailed on Saturday, after telling police she called 9-1-1 -- more than three hours after the boy went unconscious from Garcia's alleged beating.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, Rogel-Pagas and her son -- Jorge Zamora-Rogel -- were at home on Friday when Garcia showed up around 7 p.m. with some food.

After Garcia's girlfriend informed him that her son wouldn't be eating any of the food he brought over, Garcia went to the boy's bedroom and attempted to pull him out of the room by his ear.

When the boy began to cry, and telling the kid to "shut up" didn't work, police say Garcia picked the boy up by the throat and began slamming his head into the bedroom wall.

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Matthew Hendley
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