A Ventura jury convicted the mother of a missing 3-year-old Oxnard girl of second-degree murder earlier this month. Jurors deliberated for two-and-a-half hours before returning a guilty verdict in the case. Authorities never located the body of the missing girl, but believe the mother disposed of the child’s remains in Mexico.
Prosecutors contended that the child died after suffering seizures related to head trauma in June of 2015. An anonymous caller alerted child welfare authorities to the missing girl in 2016. Social workers visited the family’s home on several occasions. When they could not find locate the child, they reported the matter to police.
Witnesses testified that the girl suffered traumatic injuries from an assault just days after her 3rd birthday. The injured child could not move and had seizures. The parents never sought medical attention for the girl.
The girl’s father also faced second-degree murder charges, but received a plea agreement. He testified in court against the child’s mother. He pleaded guilty to perjury and child endangerment. As part of the plea agreement, he will serve 14 years in prison. In 2017, both parents admitted that the girl had died. During the trial, the father testified that they had taken the girl’s body to Tijuana and buried it there. They later returned, disinterred it and scattered the child’s remains.
In addition to the homicide charge, jurors also found the child’s mother guilty of torture and felonious assault causing death. The child’s grandmother also faces charges. She pleaded not guilty to concealing the girl’s death.
The mother will return to court for sentencing in March. The judge will sentence her to 32-years-to-life.
Oxnard Murder Attorney
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Murder is the most serious charge you can face in California. Depending upon the circumstances, you could face the death penalty, or life in prison with or without parole. The seriousness of the consequences means that your only realistic defense strategy involves working with an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney. Don’t risk your freedom on inexperience.
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