SAN DIEGO — A 27-year-old man accused of killing his 7-year-old daughter is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday after the hearing was delayed last week and again Monday. Several new charges have also been added for the suspect Pedro Araujo.
Pedro Araujo was arrested Wednesday after police found the body of 7-year-old Mariah Araujo in her family's home and recovered a knife.
In addition to murder, the defendant is charged with assault on a child in regard to Mariah, and misdemeanor child cruelty involving her 6-year-old sister, Viviana.
Court records show he is on probation for previous convictions of DUI, driving without proof of insurance, property vandalism, petty theft and possession of a controlled substance.
Araujo was slated to appear in a Vista courtroom Friday afternoon, but did not appear because he was being held in "enhanced observation housing," though court staff did not elaborate. He again did not appear in court Monday, no reason were given.
Araujo is now scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday and is being held without bail.
A GoFundMe page has been established to help Mariah’s family pay for her funeral services and to provide “clothing and school supplies” for her surviving 6-year-old sister.
Editor's note: A previous version of this story indicated that charges were added after Araujo's arrest for murder, those are in fact older charges. We have updated this article and we regret the error.