The man charged with hiding the body of a Sodus mother claims he found her dead and hid her body out of fear of being blamed for her death, according to court testimony.
Everardo Donoteo-Reyes, aka Alberto Reyes, is charged with tampering with evidence in the death of Selena Hidalgo-Calderon.
Selena and her 14-month-old son were reported missing in May. Selena’s body was found days after the missing person report was issued. Deputies said her body had been wrapped in plastic and left in a wooded area near a farm on Joy Road in Sodus.
Remains, believed to be Owen Hidalgo-Calderon, were recovered last week. Deputies say they think Donoteo-Reyes buried them in a shallow grave, not far from his mother.
Deputies said Tuesday more testing is needed to confirm the remains belong to Owen. Right now, Donoteo-Reyes isn’t facing charges for Selena’s or Owen’s death. However, as lab results come back, prosecutors say Donoteo-Reyes could face further charges.
In court Thursday, attorneys reviewed statements Donoteo-Reyes made to police after Selena’s body was recovered in May as part of a hearing to determine if those statements could be allowed at trial.
In court, Rochester Police Sergeant Gus Benosa, who helped the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office interview Donoteo-Reyes, recounted what Donoteo-Reyes told him after being arrested.
Sgt. Benosa told the court that Donoteo-Reyes said he had returned home one day and found Selena dead and the baby missing. Sgt. Benosa says Reyes claimed he hid Selena’s body because he feared police would think he was culpable for the death.
When it comes to Baby Owen, Sgt. Benosa testified that Donoteo-Reyes told him that he believed someone had taken Owen, but didn’t call 911.
During the interview, Sgt. Benosa also showed Donoteo-Reyes photos taken from trail cams that showed Donoteo-Reyes walking in and out of the wooded area. In one photo, he was carrying a shovel.
When questioned Thursday by the defense, Sgt. Benosa reiterated that Donoteo-Reyes had denied harming Selena and repeatedly said he didn’t know where Owen was. The police sergeant also admitted he didn’t fully read Donoteo-Reyes his Miranda Rights.
Donoteo-Reyes is being held in Wayne County Jail on bail.