Puerto Rican Boxer Félix Verdejo Charged With Murder of Pregnant Woman and Unborn Child

Felix Verdejo during a boxing match against Manuel Rey Rojas on Jan. 18, 2020. (GDA via AP)

Puerto Rican boxer Félix Verdejo Sánchez turned himself in Sunday hours after authorities announced they had identified the body of a woman who was carrying his child and went missing last week.

Verdejo, 27, is charged with kidnapping resulting in death, carjacking resulting in death and killing of an unborn child, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Puerto Rico on Sunday.

The complaint said the victim, identified as Keishla Rodríguez Ortiz, 27, was reported missing on Thursday. Her body was recovered in the San Jose Lagoon in San Juan on Saturday, the complaint said, and she was identified via dental records, according to a statement released by Puerto Rico’s Institute of Forensic Science on Sunday.

Verdejo self-surrendered on Sunday, Lymarie Llovet, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Puerto Rico, told NBC News. He appeared in court Monday morning, where he was ordered held without bail.

The criminal complaint said a witness to the crimes told the FBI that Verdejo contacted the witness asking for help terminating the pregnancy of Rodríguez Ortiz, who had “told Verdejo that she was pregnant with his child based on a pregnancy test.”

Verdejo and Rodríguez Ortiz met up near her home and drove separately to meet the witness, the complaint said. When they got to the meeting place, Rodríguez Ortiz got into Verdejo’s car.

The complaint said that after a conversation between the pair, Verdejo punched Rodríguez Ortiz and then injected her with “a syringe filled with substances purchased from a drug point in Llorens Torres,” a large housing project in San Juan.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Elisha Fieldstadt

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