Police: Two-year-old died after aunt 'forgot' him in car (with criminal complaint)
Posted at: 08/07/2012 11:21 AM
| Updated at: 08/07/2012 2:59 PM
By: Tracy Dingmann, KOB.com
The woman who left a 2-year-old boy to die in her car outside an Albuquerque day care Monday was the child's aunt, according to a criminal complaint on the incident.
The report says Sandra Rodriguez-Miramontes works as a caretaker for 3-year-olds at Precious Moments Day Care and is the sister of the child's mother.
She has been charged with felony child abuse resulting in death and will make her first appearance in court Tuesday.
Rodriguez-Miramontes told police her nephew was in the car for eight hours.
The report identifies the child only as G.T. and gives his birth date as Sept. 14, 2009.
The criminal complaint lays out the sequence of events like this:
On Monday, Rodriguez-Miramontes was in charge of taking her nephew to the day care where she works. She has been doing this for about five months.
She told police she picked up the child from her sister at 6:35 a.m. and arrived at Precious Moments with the child at 6:55 a.m.
The child was asleep in the back seat in a forward-facing car seat. Rodriguez-Miramontes told police she grabbed her purse from the front seat and clocked into work at 6:59 a.m.
When asked later by police, she said she usually carries the boy into the daycare as he sleeps. When asked what happened Monday, she said: "I don't know, I just left the car and forgot him."
At about 3 p.m. Rodriguez-Miramontes went into the 2-year old room at the day care where her nephew would normally be, and asked the teacher where her nephew was.
When the teacher told her the boy was not at school that day, Rodriguez-Miramontes told police she "freaked out."
The center's assistant director grabbed Rodriguez-Miramontes' keys and ran to the car.
She discovered the boy and immediately called 911.
The boy was taken to UNM Hospital, where he was declared dead.
A physician told police the boy was already showing signs of rigor mortis. The characteristic stiffening of the body usually begins between 2 to 3 hours after death.
KOB will have updates on this story throughout the day.