A Lawrence man wanted for allegedly murdering his girlfriend’s 15-month-old child was arrested this afternoon in Maryland, according to officials.
Edgard Anziani, 27, was apprehended at about 1 p.m. in Bladensburg on a federal warrant charging him with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. He had been on the run since last week.
“Through the course of the investigation, we developed information that led us down to Maryland,” said Special Agent Gail A. Marcinkiewicz of the FBI field office in Boston. “Once we learned where he was, those various police departments affected the arrest this afternoon.”
Anziani is accused of murdering his girlfriend’s child in Bangor, Maine, last Tuesday. According to a police affidavit, the boy’s mother was experiencing severe abdominal pain sometime after 2 a.m. Officials say she left her child in Anziani’s care to go to the hospital.
Several hours later, Anziani met fire officials in the driveway and “handed them a 15-month-old child that was blue and not breathing,” according to the document. The child was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Anziani said he was warming milk in the kitchen when he “heard a thumping noise,” the affidavit states. Anziani told police he then found the child “collapsed on the middle landing of the stairway after an apparent fall down the stairs,” according to the document
An autopsy was performed Wednesday. According to the affidavit, the results show the child suffered acute trauma to the brain, injuries that “were inflicted, non-accidental in nature.” The child also suffered several fractured bones, and there was evidence of a human bite mark on the child’s right arm, according to the report.
Anziani was charged with the murder in Maine on Friday, and a state warrant was issued for his arrest. Federal and local officials determined that he traveled to Maryland.
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