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Mother says man arrested for killing 15-year-old should have already been behind bars

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC)- A local mother says the man arrested for killing a 15-year-old last week should have been behind bars a long time ago.

In September of last year, she says 22-year-old Cameron Hallett went to her house looking for the mother of his child who she says was living with them at the time.

"I answered the door, I had no idea who he was, I had never met him beforehand...he asks me do you know where she is and I said I think she might be at work," Alvarez said.

Alvarez says Hallett told her to let the mother of his child know he stopped by and he left, but she says he came back and this time she says her son Caleb Aquino answered the door.

He kept asking me where his son was and I tried to explain to him your kid's not here, I haven't seen your kid in a while, and he started catching an attitude and stuff and I started getting irritated. And that's when he reached into his pocket and pulled out a gun, cocked it at me and pointed at me," Aquino said.

After this, Aquino says he ran back inside to get his mother.

"Caleb just jetted towards my room, he was scared obviously and when he came running in the room I kind of like jumped up and was like what's wrong because he was like hysterical and I look behind him and Cameron is standing right behind him," Alvarez said.

Alvarez says she kicked Hallett out of the house, called police and Hallett was later charged. But, she says a couple of days later the charges were dismissed.

"Obviously we were very angry and we reached out to the detectives. No one's ever called us back. We've never gotten an answer," Alvarez said.

Now that Hallett is behind bars, accused of shooting and killing 15-year-old Eric McDonnell, Alvarez and her son say it could have been avoided.

"It could have been prevented, he shouldn't have been out in the first place, he should have been in jail for the previous occasion," Aquino said.

Prosecutors say where this case is concerned more investigation needed to be conducted. In general, even when charges are dropped they can be brought back later.

With the current murder case, Hallett is being held without bond.

Arielle Cadet

Arielle Cadet joined WPTA in August 2019. The Atlanta, Georgia native graduated from the University of Missouri and serves as a Multimedia Journalist for WPTA. Feel free to connect with her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or shoot her an email at

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