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The body of a five-year-old boy has been found in a Nebraska river after police arrested his eldest brother on suspicion of killing him and his mother and dumping his youngest sibling in a dumpster.
A message posted on the Omaha Police Department Facebook page said rescue personnel had found the body, believed to be Josue Ramirez-Marinero, on the east bank of the Elkhorn River, west of Omaha, on Monday.
It read: "It is believed that the body is Josue Ramirez-Marinero, however, investigators await forensic identification to confirm the identity of the child."
Angel Ramirez-Marinero was abandoned in a dumpster. Pic: @lavistapolice
Prosecutors have said they plan to seek the death penalty against Roberto Martinez-Marinero.
The 25-year-old surrendered to police on Thursday and admitted fatally stabbing his mother, 45-year-old Jesus Ismenia-Marinero.
Roberto Martinez-Marinero has been charged. Pic: Omaha Police
He also said he had thrown Josue into the Elkhorn River and abandoned his youngest brother, 11-month-old Angel Ramirez-Marinero, in a dumpster.
Angel was found bruised but alive last Wednesday in La Vista after a man heard what he thought was an animal making noises in a dumpster.
Jesus Ismenia-Marinero was found on Wednesday. Pic: Omaha Police
His mother's body was found on Wednesday night in a ditch in southeast Omaha.
Douglas County attorney Don Kleine said Ms Ismenia-Marinero had been stabbed several times and had been hit on the head with a baseball bat.
Authorities have been searching for Josue in the river since last week.
Gabriela Guevara has also been held. Pic: Omaha Police
Mr Kleine said he believed the little boy was alive when he was thrown into the river and that Josue was killed because he was a witness to his mother's murder.
Roberto Martinez-Marinero is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, kidnapping and weapons offences.
Gabriela Guevara, 24, thought to be his girlfriend, has been arrested on charges of being an accessory to homicide.
They are expected to make initial court appearances on Tuesday.
An Amber Alert had been issued to try and find Josue, but was cancelled last Thursday after a vehicle was found abandoned in Omaha.
Josue's body was found in the Elkhorn River. Pic: Omaha Police