Man charged after hitting son with car, killing him

Daniel Orozco mugshot

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico man police say ran over his 3-year-old son is now charged with the boy’s death.

It happened Wednesday morning in Sunland Park.

Investigators say 25-year-old Daniel Orozco first claimed he had stopped to talk to a friend when the toddler got out of his seatbelt.

He told officers he accidentally ran him over.

Unbeknownst to the father, the boy had unbuckled his own seat belt and gotten out of the car, when the father stopped to talk to a friend along the road.

He then hit the boy as he drove off.

The boy was airlifted to a hospital, but later died.

The investigation is ongoing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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