Fresno man charged with murder and arson after house fire killed infant parents

A Fresno man faces charges of arson and murder after being arrested on suspicion of setting fire to a house that killed his infant niece and nephew and seriously injured their mother.

Filimon “Robert” Hurtado, 29, was arrested Tuesday after the Fresno Police Department said he admitted to setting the fire “because he wanted to kill everyone in the house.”

Hurtado’s 5-month-old nephew, Calyx Hurtado, and 18-month-old niece, Cataleya Hurtado, died in the fire, police said.

Claudia Ruiz Marin, 32, the children’s mother, “is fighting for her life with severe burns on her body”, according to the police.

Hurtado himself was admitted to a local hospital with “significant burns”, according to police.

“He had no reasonable explanation as to why he committed this horrific act,” police said.

The Fresno Bee reported that Hurtado is the brother of the children’s father and allegedly used gasoline to set the family on fire while they were in a single room in the house.

Hurtado faces multiple murder charges, including the attempted murder of Ruiz Marin.

If convicted on all charges and allegations, Hurtado faces the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole, according to a press release issued by the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office.

“The District Attorney’s Office is currently conducting the necessary analysis on whether to seek the death penalty and will make an announcement on this decision at a later date,” the office said in the statement.

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