Mother, boyfriend charged with capital murder after malnourished 8-year-old girl who weighed 29 pounds dies, docs say

HOUSTON – A mom and her boyfriend have been charged with the dying of her 8-year-old daughter in addition to accidents to the girl’s twin sister. The couple is accused of not offering ample diet and abusing each ladies over an prolonged time period.

Ruben Moreno, 29, and Soledad Mendoza, 29, are every charged with capital murder of a kid beneath 10 years of age and two counts of damage to a toddler. They each have been arrested on May 20 with out incident.

On Dec. 21, 2020, officers responded to a welfare verify at Memorial Hermann – Memorial City Hospital regarding the dying of a kid, HPD acknowledged. They discovered that the Houston Fire Department paramedics had taken the kid to the hospital with a number of accidents and bruises. She was pronounced useless shortly after arriving on the hospital.

When an investigator arrived, they noticed that the kid’s physique had a number of bruises on the legs, swollen ankles and regarded extraordinarily underweight for her age, in line with court docket paperwork. The little one allegedly solely weighed 29 pounds and was extraordinarily malnourished and unkempt.


During the investigation, detectives discovered the girl confirmed indicators of malnutrition/hunger and a number of accidents, comparable to continual rib fractures. An post-mortem additionally revealed that the kid had acute and continual blunt power accidents to her again and legs. She additionally had bruising and accidents on her head, higher physique, torso and decrease physique, together with an array of fractures from weeks previous to her dying.

The surviving twin acquired care at a hospital the day after her sister’s dying. According to the kid damage cost, the dual girl solely weighed 26.4 lbs, which was within the 0th percentile for kids of the identical age.

Court paperwork reveal that there have been two different siblings within the family that have been seemingly in excellent well being.

Medical information from Clinica Del Norta in San Antonio and Kool Kids Pediatrics in Houston reportedly confirmed that the women had been taken to these areas prior to now. It was famous all through the visits and recorded documentation that the women have been listed to be severely underweight and that their mom, Mendoza was suggested of this on every go to to have her acquire weight and get throughout the regular vary for her age.


Court paperwork element the abuse

On Feb. 23, 2021, the dual sister got here ahead to inform detectives about their mom. She allegedly stated her mother was imply and that she would put her in a closet and would put her in a trash bag. When the kid was requested what occurred to her sister, she revealed that her mother had killed her. She informed detectives that her mom put her in a trash bag with her face inside and informed her “It’s because you’re ugly and I don’t love you.” The little one additionally stated her mom’s boyfriend, Moreno hit them daily.

The court docket paperwork point out Mendoza knowingly struck the dual who died with a blunt object, kicked her and struck her once more with her hand on Dec. 21, 2020. Moreno additionally reportedly struck her with a belt, and a shoe and failed to offer meals and diet to the kid.

During questioning, Moreno stated that he and Mendoza shared one little one collectively, the court docket paperwork present. When requested in regards to the twins’ situation in comparison with his little one, he blamed the twins for their very own situation, stating they didn’t need to eat and that they might get sick. He allegedly stated “I guess I should have done more” when confronted that the kids’s state of well being occurred over an prolonged time period.


The different kids have been taken into custody by Child Protective Services and are at present assigned to foster care.

Mendoza is being held in lieu of $3 million bond for the three fees, together with capital murder and two counts of damage to a toddler. Moreno’s bond was denied for the capital murder cost and granted a mixed $2 million bond for 2 counts of damage to a toddler.

A scheduled court docket look for Moreno Monday morning was reset to Wednesday, May 25. Mendoza reportedly missed Monday morning’s listening to as a result of she was hospitalized.

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