Funeral Set for 4-Year-Old Mendota Boy

November 5, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Funeral services have been set for the Mendota boy who was found dead in a neighbor's home over the weekend.Services for Alex Mercado will be held this Sunday evening at five at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mendota.

A second service will take place at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Kerman on Monday morning at 10:00 a.m.

A police-escorted procession after that service will go to Fresno Memorial Gardens in West Fresno where Mercado will be laid to rest.

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A court affidavit was released that says the suspect Raul Castro told investigators he molested the 4-year-old boy, then drowned him in a bathtub because the child was going to reveal the teen molested him.

The affidavit shows Castro told detectives he hid Alex's body in a dryer.

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