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Mexican national arrested in 2002 traffic death of infant

A man who went into hiding when he was accused of killing a 7-month-old boy in 2002 was arrested Friday, according to a news release Tuesday from the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Jesus Manuel Moran, 41, who spent several years hiding in Mexico, was arrested near Sahuarita by the Pima County Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission Squad, the release read.

The Mexican national was being sought on an arrest warrant charging him with manslaughter, nine counts of endangerment and criminal damage in the death of Elijah Archuleta, according to earlier Tucson Citizen reports.

The boy died when his parents’ Toyota van was rear-ended by a Nissan Pathfinder driven by Moran, whom officers said had been drinking.

Elijah was thrown from the van in the collision on Ajo Highway near West Irvington Road and died.

Moran spent seven years in prison for a 1992 manslaughter, according to the Arizona Department of Corrections Web site.

He was released in April 2001, six months before the fatal accident.

Last week, unidentified sources tipped off authorities that Moran was living just outside of Sahuarita, the release said.

A search warrant was served by the Pima County Regional SWAT Team, according to the release, and Moran was arrested at his house.

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