SHARON, Pa. (WYTV) – Bond was set for the Sharpsville man accused of murdering the mother of his child and then leaving with the baby.
Antonio Velazquez-Rupert appeared before a judge via video feed Thursday afternoon because he is still being held at the Mercer County Jail.
He is charged with criminal homicide, kidnapping to facilitate a felony and interference with custody of a child.
The judge set his bond at $2 million.
Police said Velazquez-Rupert killed 28-year-old Amanda Downs at a Sharpsville apartment before running away with their 8-month-old daughter on New Year’s Eve.
They found him with the baby in Reading City, Pennsylvania after issuing an Amber Alert.
Velazquez-Rupert’s next hearing is scheduled for January 18.