A Father Is Suspected Of Killing Five Of His Infant Children Over Nine Years
Some things we hear about seem too tragic to ever happen. We can never fathom the immense amount of pain and hurt that some people can cause others. Paul Allen Perez was indicted with the murder of five of his infant children ranging from 1992 to 2001 on January 23rd.
Perez’s arrest was one of the most complex and saddening some say they’ve seen. “In my 40 years in law enforcement, I cannot think of a case more disturbing than this one,” Yolo County Sheriff Tom Lopez said during a press conference. “There can be no victim more vulnerable and innocent than an infant, and unfortunately this case involves five.”
Perez’s arrest was the result of an investigation into a 2007 cold case involving the death of a baby. Investigators now believe he is also responsible for the murders of four other infants, though not all of the babies’ remains have been found. On March 29, 2007, a man who was fishing discovered a sealed container with the body of an infant inside at an irrigation slough near the city of Woodland. According to the Woodland Daily Democrat, the man was using a bow and arrows to fish for carp when he missed and struck a box at the bottom of the slough. He hauled it up to the surface and found the baby’s decomposed body wrapped in a blanket, along with stones used to weigh the box down. Officials uploaded the infant’s genetic profile into CODIS, the FBI’s criminal justice DNA database, but for years, no matches were found. It wasn’t until October 2019 when investigators using new DNA techniques identified the baby as Nikko Lee Perez, a baby boy who was born on Nov. 8, 1996, in Fresno.
Ed Medrano, chief of the California Department of Justice’s law enforcement division, said investigators recently expanded their search to look for kinship-based matches and created a list of potential siblings or parents that ultimately led to the infant’s identification — and the identification of his father as a suspect. As a result of that work, investigators also learned that baby Nikko had siblings, including Kato Allen Perez, who was born in 1992 in Merced and is known to have died, according to officials.
In 2014, Perez received an additional four-year sentence for possession or manufacture of a deadly weapon by a prisoner, according to the department. He was scheduled to be released Monday to Yolo County under community supervision. Perez has been in and out of jail since at least the early 1990s for various crimes, including assault with intent to commit a sex offense. He most recently was admitted to state prison in 2010 to serve a seven-year, four-month sentence for vehicle theft and evading a peace officer while driving recklessly.