Accused baby killer previously convicted of beating wife gets bail lowered, cuts off ankle monitor and runs

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HARRIS COUNTY, TX – A man in Texas is now on the run after having been released from jail on bond in October after allegedly killing his 7 month old baby girl. Although he was ordered to wear a GPS monitor, his whereabouts is unknown.

On January 23rd, police and paramedics responded to the suspect’s residence for a report of an infant not breathing.

When police arrived at the scene, they contacted the suspect, Albert Collin Zuniga, and attempted to render aid to the infant. Paramedics rushed the infant to Texas Children’s Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries two days later.

Court documents say Zuniga alleged that he noticed his baby girl having a hard time breathing throughout the day. He claims he laid her on a bed while he had warmed up a bottle of milk for her, used the bathroom, and when he returned, she was not breathing.

Instead of instantly calling 911, as most parents would do, he chose to call his mother who was at the same residence. His mother walked into the room, with an infant not breathing, and she made the decision to call for medical assistance.

Detectives were informed by the medical staff that the infant appeared to have injuries consistent with being shaken.

This information sparked a homicide investigation which ended up determining that the baby’s cause of death was blunt force trauma.

The autopsy showed that the baby suffered from blunt force trauma to her head and injuries to her spinal cord and brain. Detectives and prosecutors with the state allege:

“[Zuniga] inflict(ed) violent acceleration-deceleration forces on the (child) with (his) hand and did thereby cause the death of the (child).”

Detectives took Zuniga into custody for the alleged murder of his infant daughter in August of this year.

Zuniga was issued a high bond which prevented him from being able to be released from custody.

The high bond amount was most likely issued because of the seriousness of the charges Zuniga faced. Additionally, the judge assigning the bond would have considered his criminal history, which shows that he is a violent offender.

In 2019, Zuniga was arrested and convicted of physically attacking his wife. The judge who saw that case sentenced Zuniga to probation for this crime.

While being on probation may force some to lead clean lives, that was not the case for Zuniga who alleged violated his probation twice since he was sentenced. Andy Kahan with Crime Stoppers said:

“He [Zuniga] gets charged with not one, but two additional crimes. He gets charged with carrying a handgun in a vehicle and also resisting arrest.”

While one might think that the two violations of Zuniga’s probation in 2019 might have caused him to be kept behind bars…it did not. While Zuniga’s probation was revoked and he did spend a year in jail, he was released from custody again.

Zuniga remained in custody for the murder of his infant daughter from the time he was arrested, in August, until October when 176th District Court Judge Nikita Harmon decided to lower his bail to $150,000. That lower amount enabled him to be bonded out provided he wear an ankle monitor.

While many might think that a GPS monitor might be able to keep tabs on someone, that is true, provided they do not remove it. Clearly, in this case, Zuniga did not have his monitor on when he fled the area and has been on the run since being released from jail.

Kahan spoke about Zuniga’s release from jail:

“He [Zuniga] actually sits in custody for a month and a half or so…The bottom line is Albert Zuniga charged with murder of an infant is now a wanted fugitive.”

According to FOX26, Zuniga is far from the only person who has been out on some type of bond or pre-trial release that has gone on to murder someone. Kahan was asked about this and noted:

“Right now, I’m up to 17 and also three unborn children. This is a serious situation.”

As dangerous of a situation as this presents, one would think that authorities would at least know or could easily find out how many people like Zuniga are out there.

However, that assumption would be incorrect. The Executive Director of the Houston Police Union, Ray Hunt, alleges that is because the authorities do not want the public to know how many people are out there like Zuniga. He said:

“If they gather the information, it lets the public know just how many are out there, and they don’t want that to happen because it looks bad on all the judges.”

Hunt then made a very interesting point:

“When was the last time you found somebody on the run for killing a police officer or brutally murdering an 80-year-old and found out this was their first offense? Never, they’re always out on bond.”

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Man suspected in murdering student has long criminal history, and far-left D.A. let him walk out of jail free

PHILADELPHIA, PA- On November 28th, a 21-year-old Temple University student was murdered by a teenage suspect who, according to records, has a long criminal history, including being let off by the law. 

 

The suspect, since identified as 17-year-old Latif Williams, had previously been arrested on August 14th and issued eight charges in connection to violent crimes, including armed robbery, conspiracy, robbery, aggravated assault, and possession of an unlicensed gun. 

Bail was reportedly set at $200,000 by the judge, requiring Williams to place a down payment of 10 percent, or $20,000 in order to get out of jail.

However, not even seven days after the arrest, Municipal Court Judge Joffie Pittman lowered the bail to $200,000 unsecured, meaning the defendant would have to post zero dollars to stay out of jail.

Under the leadership of Larry Krasner, an advocate for criminal just reform, the District Attorney’s Office did not file an appeal.

No longer in jail, Williams was then placed on house arrest. According to a Municipal Court docket, on September 16th, roughly a month after the initial arrest, Judge Charles Hayden granted the District Attorney’s request for a continuance following a “victim/witness failed to appear” in court.

Then, on September 30th, Judge Martin Coleman granted the District Attorney’s motion to withdraw all eight charges against Williams and he was a free man. Within two months, Williams allegedly killed 21-year-old Samuel Collington of Prospect Park, Delaware County. 

 

Williams has a long criminal history with very little punishment for many of the crimes when prosecuted by the District Attorney’s office under the leadership of Krasner.

Williams first arrest was in November 2017, when he was just 13-years-old after he robbed and assaulted a female college student at Temple University. Reportedly, there is no record of resolution of the case. Then, on July 20, 2019, Williams was arrested for selling drugs.

On August 21, 2020, the District Attorney’s office, which was till under the leadership of Krasner, withdrew the charges against Williams. On May 31, 2020, Williams was arrested for burglary, rioting, and looting during the George Floyd riots. 

Police stated that Williams kicked a police car window out and spit on the cops. On September 18, 2020, the District Attorney’s office, again withdrew charges against Williams.

On November 6, 2020, he was arrested for selling drugs and on September 10, 2021, the District Attorney’s office withdrew those charges.

 

During his 21 years, William’s victim racked up a different kind of record. In a statement published by the Inquirer, Molly Collington, the victim’s mother, described her son as  “kind and accomplished.”

He was the former president of his Interboro High School class, and Eagle Scout, a high school band member, and a member of the National Honor Society. His mother said:

“Our son was and is our hero and this senseless act crushes us. Sam spent all of his free time raising awareness for the issues that meant the most to him. In his honor, we will do everything to make sure that there is justice for Sam.”

According to reports, the shooting happened around 1:30 p.m. in the 2200 block of N. Park Avenue, not far from where Collington lived off campus. Police said the senior had just parked his mother’s SUV on the street after returning from Thanksgiving at his family’s home.

Police stated that while he was unloading his things, the suspected robber snuck up on him and a struggle ensued. Collington was then shot twice in the chest. He was taken to Temple University Hospital where he died of is injuries. 

 

The 21-year-old was a political science major who was set to graduate from Temple is just a few weeks. His mother said he was a history buff and was planning to help people by becoming a lawyer or politician. 

A veteran prosecutor noted that the latest episode of the incompetence of Krasner’s office in prosecuting gun crimes should have nothing to do with politics. The veteran prosecutor said:

“There’s nothing right-wing about holding violent criminals accountable while respecting the Constitution, due process and the right to a jury trial. The job of the police and the prosecutors is to lawfully acquire evidence and convict violent criminals, to protect the rest of us.”

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers. 

And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

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