OPD: Cruelty toward child and drug charges for Ocala father


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Charles Murillo [Mugshot]
Ocala, Florida — A career criminal remains behind bars after Ocala police attempted to serve a trespass warning, but instead arrested the 26-year-old father.

According to reports, a maintenance worker with the Motel 6 on Blitchton Road went to a room where Charles Reynaldo Murillo, 26, had been staying in reference to complaints Murillo had made about the room.

The worker told police that when he arrived at the door he could hear a baby screaming from inside the room. The worker knocked on the door several times, but no one answered. Due to no one answering, the worker decided to open the door.


Once inside, the worker found Murillo lying on the bed with an infant girl, who was crying. Murillo was asleep.

The employee woke Murillo up and transferred him to a different room.

According to reports, Murillo had been a nuisance at the motel and there were several complaints against him.

The motel eventually notified Ocala police so they could trespass Murillo from the property.

When police arrived, they could hear an infant crying inside the room with a TV blaring. Police knocked several times, but no one answered. After several attempts, maintenance let police into Murillo’s room.

Police stated that Murillo was asleep inside the room and they attempted to wake him several times, but were unsuccessful.

According to reports, Murillo would open his eyes for a second, but immediately close them again.

Police reported that the room was in complete disarray and the bed was covered in feces and urine. According to reports, there was also a large amount of cash wrapped in rubber bands on the night stand.

Due to police not being able to wake Murillo, EMS was dispatched.

While in the room, police saw a handgun, marijuana, and hypodermic needles in a car seat inside the room. The marijuana weighed in at four (4) pounds, which Murillo later denied any knowledge of.

Murillo told police that the items must have already been in the room.

According to reports, the infant’s diaper was soiled and had not been changed in quite some time. The infant also appeared to be suffering from malnutrition.

Murillo was arrested and charged with Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Cruelty Toward a Child, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Violation of Probation.

Murillo was first arrested for carjacking when he was 17-years-old. He served one month in jail and committed a second carjacking just four (4) days after being released.

Murillo has since been arrested for numerous crimes and violated probation on several occasions.

He is currently being held without bond.

The child was placed in state custody.