PHOENIX - A man who fled Arizona after being convicted of first-degree murder and child abuse in 2012 has been arrested in Nevada.
The U.S. Marshals Service says Jose Lopez was taken into custody Thursday night at a Las Vegas apartment complex.
Lopez had posted bond after his arrest in the 2007 death of 21-month-old Mia Alvarez and was required to attend his trial.
The Pinal County Attorney's Office says Lopez fled the courthouse during a lunch recess and wasn't present when the jury announced its verdict. A warrant was then issued for his arrest.
Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles said bringing the victim’s family the closure they deserve means everything to him.
“This is what Ii live for is to bring justice, so, I mean this is my job, and this is not only my job, it’s rewarding. It's absolutely rewarding,” he said.
Authorities say Lopez had been babysitting for his fiancee in Arizona City in July 2007.
He was accused of seriously injuring the girl, who suffered skull fractures and bruises. She died days later at a Phoenix hospital.