SAN ANTONIO — A San Antonio woman was arrested several months after the death of her 6-year-old daughter, who weighed just 31 pounds and had multiple medical conditions, the Bexar County Jail shows.
Stephanie Jimenez, 38, was taken into custody Tuesday on a charge of injury to a child – serious bodily injury by omission, records show. Her bond is set at $200,000.
An arrest affidavit states officers responded to the call on Oct. 3 and found Jimenez’s daughter, Samantha, unresponsive. Paramedics pronounced her dead.
Jimenez told police that Samantha fell and hit her head, then started vomiting.
An officer noted in the affidavit that Samantha “looked small and thin for her age.”
Samantha’s hair was also infested with lice and her skin had a build-up of dead skin due to a lack of hygiene, the affidavit states.
The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office said she died of malnutrition and neglect, with dehydration, a kidney infection and pneumonia contributing factors.
She also tested positive for COVID-19 at the time of her death, authorities said. Samantha was eight days short of her 7th birthday.
Jimenez, a mother of six, said she did not seek treatment for her daughter because “there was no help.”
She told police she was “going to lock herself in her bedroom and let her six children do whatever they want,” the affidavit said.
A warrant for her arrest was issued Tuesday after a detective established probable cause in the case, according to a San Antonio police report obtained by KSAT.
“Child death cases are complex in nature and require the medical examiner’s assistance in determining the manner and cause of death,” SAPD’s public information office said in an email Wednesday. “When we present the case to the District Attorney’s Office, we are often given only one opportunity to obtain a conviction in a case. Therefore, investigations require detectives to gather all available facts and evidence before presenting the case to the District Attorney’s Office to obtain justice for the victims and their families.
Jimenez was previously arrested on two counts of injury to a child in 2012 and was on probation, records show.
The indictment in the 2012 case said Jimenez injured her daughter, who was 14 years old or younger at the time, by “failing to provide adequate nutrition” to the child.
The Child Protective Services declined to comment.
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San Antonio mother arrested after daughter, 6, dies of malnutrition and neglect, records show
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