A Hidalgo County mother is now facing criminal charges weeks after she allegedly left her 18-month-old baby inside a hot car.
Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested 35-year-old Ana M. Gonzalez on second-degree felony manslaughter charges.
Investigators told Action 4 News that Gonzalez is being arrested for the death of her 18-month-old daughter Barbara A. Zepeda.
Baby Barbara died after being left inside a car outside Gonzalez's home off Western Avenue just outside Mission on June 11th.
Gonzalez was arraigned early Thursday morning and told Judge Bobby Contreras that she did not mean to leave her baby in the hot car.
Contreras gave Gonzalez a $10,000 bond.
Contreras told Action 4 News that he gave Gonzalez such a low bond because she made a mistake---and it TMs mistake she will have to live with for the rest of her life.
Autopsy results showed that the baby girl died as a result of being left in a hot car. The child TMs body temperature was measured at 108 degrees when she was brought in for examination.
Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevio released the following statement in the case:
"The defendant has been accused of recklessly causing the death of her daughter by leaving the baby in an unattended locked vehicle with the windows rolled up which resulted in the baby TMs death. Our investigation revealed that the temperatures inside the enclosed vehicle were approximately 108 degrees F. There appears to be a spate of child abuse cases throughout the Valley in recent weeks. For that reason we are going to initiate a campaign against child abuse through the use of a previously aired public service announcement. We are hoping to create awareness in order to prevent injury and death to our children.