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Oceanside Man Accused of Killing Daughter Has Criminal Past

Pedro Araujo is accused of killing his daughter, Mariah Araujo, 7, at a home on Las Vegas Drive in Oceanside

An Oceanside man accused of killing one of his children has a criminal record and was ordered to take an anger management class, according to court documents.

Pedro Araujo, 27, was in custody Friday facing a charge of murder in the death of his 7-year-old daughter.

Araujo has a criminal record and was ordered to take an anger management class, according to court documents. 

Mariah Araujo was found Wednesday in the bathtub in her father's home on Las Vegas Drive.  She had suffered trauma to her upper body and Oceanside police arrested her father who had blood on his clothing. 

Araujo had called his mother to come to his home to pick up Mariah Araujo and her 6-year-old sister, Oceanside police said.

When the grandmother arrived, she could only find the younger granddaughter and her son would not let her take Mariah, police said.

Araujo's mother noticed blood on her son's shirt, took the younger child from the home and called police, investigators said. 

Officers had been called to Araujo's home within the last two weeks for some sort of incident involving the girl's father.

NBC 7 found Araujo has a criminal history with arrests spanning the last six years. 

In November 2013, Araujo and three relatives were charged with fraud and grand theft. 

In 2015, Araujo was charged with a misdemeanor of giving false information to law enforcement about his identity. 

In 2016, he was charged with felony vandalism and misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine.  After this arrest, Araujo was ordered to complete an anger management class. 

In 2018, he was charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence and hit and run.

The paternal grandfather of the victim told NBC 7 he owns the home on Las Vegas Drive and that he rents it to Araujo, who is his step-son.

He said Araujo had full custody and was raising them with his mother and step-father's help.

According to the grandfather, Araujo was known to become aggressive when he drank alcohol. 

Araujo is being held in enhanced observation unit of the jail. He refused to leave his jail cell for his arraingment on Friday. His next scheduled arraignmnet will now happen on Monday. 

Mariah's aunt has created a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs of her niece's funeral.

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