Father of 11-year-old hypothermia victim charged

Father of 11-year-old hypothermia victim charged

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) -- The father of an 11-year-old girl who likely died of hypothermia in south-central Idaho after trying to walk 10 miles in the snow has been charged with second-degree murder and felony injury to a child.

Robert Aragon, of Jerome, was arrested and charged in Lincoln County on Friday. He is being held in a Blaine County jail on a $500,000 bond.

Authorities say Sage Aragon and her 12-year-old brother, Bear, were with their father on Thursday when his truck got stuck in a snow drift near state Highway 75, north of Shoshone.

The Lincoln County sheriff's office says Aragon let the children walk to their mother's house while he and another adult stayed behind to free the vehicle. A search and rescue team found the children Friday.

Both were taken to a Ketchum hospital, where the girl was pronounced dead. The boy was treated and released. Aragon is scheduled to make an initial court appearance today.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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