Man arrested in 2014 deaths of quadriplegic fiancée, unborn son

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Andres Reyes (left) is faces charges of first-degree murder in the 2014 deaths of Bridget Charlebois and her unborn son. (Source Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and Memories of Bridget Charlebois Facebook page) Andres Reyes (left) is faces charges of first-degree murder in the 2014 deaths of Bridget Charlebois and her unborn son. (Source Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and Memories of Bridget Charlebois Facebook page)
Andres Bohn Reyes (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Andres Bohn Reyes (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Bridget Charlebois and her unborn child died in early 2014. (Source: Memories of Bridget Charlebois Facebook page) Bridget Charlebois and her unborn child died in early 2014. (Source: Memories of Bridget Charlebois Facebook page)
(Source: Memories of Bridget Charlebois Facebook page) (Source: Memories of Bridget Charlebois Facebook page)
Andres Bohn Reyes (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Andres Bohn Reyes (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

A man is facing murder and abuse charges in connection with the death of his fiancée and their unborn child in early 2014.

Police arrested Andres Bohn Reyes on Wednesday on suspicion of first-degree premeditated murder and abuse of a vulnerable adult.

Bridget Charlebois, the victim, was considered a vulnerable adult because she was a quadriplegic and as such, was “confined to a wheel chair [sic] and [was] unable to care for or defend herself,” according to court paperwork.

The Glendale Police Department said Reyes and Charlebois lived together between July 2013 and February 2014. Not only was Reyes engaged to Charlebois, but he was also “employed by Blue Thumb Staffing to provide care for [her].”

The probable cause statement documents three instances of abuse Charlebois suffered, allegedly at the hands of Reyes, now 28. Two of those instances, according to investigators, involved Reyes shooting Charlebois with “an ‘air soft’ [sic] simulated semi-automatic hand gun [sic] which discharges a 6 MM plastic BB.”

Airsoft guns are basically realistic-looking replica weapons that shoot non-lethal projectiles. They are designed "so that players could participate in military or police scenarios without risk of getting serious hurt," according to AirgunDepot.com. But that doesn't mean the guns are not potentially dangerous.

Glendale police wrote in their probable cause statement that Reyes' gun shoots with “sufficient force … to warrant the use of eye protection and protective clothing.”

“A 6 MM pellet strike from the weapon has sufficient impact to leave a welt and penetrate the skin if protective measures are not taken,” court paperwork explains.

Police say both instances were confirmed by at least one “independent witness.” In addition, “Reyes has admitted to family members of the victim” that he shot her.

[WATCH: Andres Bohn Reyes' initial court appearance]

The third documented instance of abuse alleges that Reyes “abandoned” his fiancée “without food and water for over twelve [sic] hours in a diaper soiled with urine and feces. … An independent witness witnessed this event and rescued Bridget Charlebois from circumstances that her primary care physician described as like to produce death or serious physical injury.”

In addition to the abuse charge, Reyes faces two counts of murder – one for the death of Charlebois and one for their unborn child, Isaiah.

The two died between Jan. 30 and Feb. 2, 2014.

According to court paperwork, “Reyes failed to provide medical assistance or activate Emergency Medical Services to Bridget Charlebois resulting in her death and the death of her unborn child (Isaiah Charlebois).”

Police said Reyes admitted that he was Charlebois’ caregiver when she “fell ill” and died. They also say he knew she was pregnant. He claimed “that he did not know what to do and or that [she] refused treatment.”

Investigators say they have training records, policies and procedure from Reyes’ employer, Blue Thumb Staffing, that prove otherwise. Blue Thumb is a home health agency that, according to the Arizona Corporation Commission, was established in November 2004.

“There is medical evidence found at autopsy by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner to support the fact that proper medical intervention might have prevented the death of Bridget Charlebois,” the probable cause statement reads.

Police have not said exactly how Charlebois died, nor have they said what precipitated the arrest of Reyes more than three years later.

The Memories of Bridget Carlebois Facebook page, which was created in June 2014, posted the day police arrested Reyes: “Justice will finally be served for you Bridget and Isiah [sic]!!”

During Reyes' initial court appearance Wednesday night a prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office ran through what was documented in the court paperwork, pointing out that Reyes had both a personal relationship with Charlebois and a professional one as her in-home caregiver.

“Independent of his personal relationship with her, as a professional attendant, he is the lifeline between a completely incapacitated quadriplegic and whatever care or assistance she may require,” George Kelemen Jr., a prosecutor from the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, said during the short proceeding. He described Charlebois as "completely dependent upon others for her care and well-being."

“She languished and died while he was present and did absolutely nothing," he said. "The state believes that this, the circumstances of this offense, indicate just a complete callousness for the value of human life."

When Kelemen mentioned the baby and said that Reyes knew that Charlebois was pregnancy, Reyes shook his head as if to say no.

Although Kelemen requested a bond of $500,000, the judge set it at $250,000.

After Judge Pro Tem Kenneth Skiff told Reyes that his next court date would be May 23, Reyes, who also is wanted on a non-extraditable California warrant for felony child abuse, had something to say.

“Your Honor, a lot of that was not true, to be honest,” he said. When he started to "explain" more, the judge offered Reyes a  warning that anything he said could be used in future court proceedings.

“I don’t know what you’re going to say, but I’m just telling you it’s very unlikely that it’s going to change what I need to do at this time – or which I’ve already done,” Skiff said.

A public defender has been appointed to handle Reyes' case.

Due to the complexity of the case and the in-depth medical examinations needed to connect the victim's death to the lack of care she received from Reyes, the case was given to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office Cold Case Unit. Detectives, in partnership with the Glendale Police Department, worked on the case from April of 2016 until the arrest was made on May 17, 2017. 

"This arrest stems from the dedication of our cold case investigation team in cooperation with our law enforcement partners. Thanks to their hard work we are now able to take the next step in securing justice for the tragic loss of two lives," said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. "This case further illustrates our ongoing commitment to sharing resources with law enforcement agencies throughout Maricopa County."

[PUBLIC RECORDS: Court paperwork for Andres Reyes]

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