GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – The arrest affidavit for Roman Morales claims he admitted killing his young cousin last month while he was watching over him.

Morales had recently been released from jail and had a ankle monitoring bracelet at the time. He had been staying with family members in a unit in the Green Gables Condominiums on South Sheridan in Lakewood.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

It was just before noon on Sept. 21 when 2-year-old Donnie Ro’mello Romero was reported missing.

Donnie Ro'mello Romero (credit: CBS)

Donnie Ro’mello Romero (credit: CBS)

The unsealed court documents reveal the child was found later in a Tupperware-type container under a blanket and pillow inside his family apartment. He had an electrical or audio cord around his neck with marks on the skin and was bleeding.

Morales was the last to see the boy and had left on a bike shortly after Donny was reported missing.

When located, Morales told police he had been asked to watch the boy and told others he wanted give the boy a bath. He said the boy was coughing because swallowed something the wrong way and it was no big deal.

But after Morales was taken into custody police say the following conversation took place with his mother:

Roman: “I was told to do it.”

The mother replied: “He was just a little boy — he was innocent.”

Roman responded: “Don’t do this to me mom”

Witnesses also told police Morales had been a methamphetamine abuser, although they don’t know if he was on drugs at the time.

Roman Morales (credit: CBS)

Roman Morales (credit: CBS)

Others told investigators Morales had started acting strangely after a friend was murdered three years ago, he was depressed and began cutting himself, he believed the FBI and mob were after him and that horns were beeping in codes.

Roman Morales (credit: CBS)

Roman Morales (credit: CBS)

Morales is being held without bond and is charged with murdering the boy. There is no indication at this time whether an insanity defense may be used in this case.

CBS4’s Rick Sallinger is a Peabody award winning reporter who has been with the station more than two decades doing hard news and investigative reporting. Follow him on Twitter @ricksallinger.


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