A California man has been arrested for murdering five of his children over a period of several years. All the children were less than one year old at the time of their death. “In my 40 years in law enforcement, I cannot think of a case more disturbing than this one,” said Yolo County Sheriff Tom Lopez during a press conference. “There can be no victim more vulnerable and innocent than an infant,” he continued.

The arrest of Paul Allen Perez, the 57-year-old man accused of the crime, may solve a cold case more than a decade old. On March 29, 2007, a man was bowfishing near the city of Woodland, California. The fisherman missed a carp, but his arrow struck a box. He brought the box up to the surface, which turned out to be a metal cooler, and discovered that it contained the decomposing remains of an infant. The corpse was wrapped in a Winnie the Pooh blanket and plastic. The cooler also contained pieces of metal and rocks, most likely to weigh the container down. An autopsy revealed that the infant suffered blunt force trauma he had a fractured skull and ribs.

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Officials had attempted to use genetic testing since the infant was discovered, but they never found a match until October of last year. It was then that authorities used an expanded DNA database and new techniques to identify the body. The infant found in Woodland was identified as Nikko Lee Perez, born in 1996. From this, they also discovered that Nikko was the sister of Kato Allen Perez, born in 1992, who authorities knew to be deceased. They also discovered genetic matches for three other siblings; Mika Alena Perez, another infant named Nikko Lee Perez, and Kato Krow Perez. No remains for these last three have been discovered as of yet, but they are believed to be dead. Paul Allen Perez was the father to all five of the children

Paul Allen Perez was serving an unrelated charge at Kern Valley State Prison, and was a few days from being released, when he was arrested.