Texas Parents Charged with Allegedly Hiding Body of Toddler Who Drowned in Bathtub in Bucket of Acid
A Texas couple has been arrested and charged with covering up the death of their 2-year-old daughter by hiding her remains in a bucket containing acid, multiple outlets report.
On Thursday, Monica Yvonne Dominguez, 37, and her husband, Gerardo Zavala-Loredo, 32, of Laredo were arrested and charged with abusing a human corpse and evidence tampering in connection with the death of their daughter, Rebecka Zavala, according to the Associated Press.
Dominguez is also charged with two counts of child endangerment. She is being held in the Webb County Jail on a $175,000 bond.
Zavala-Loredo is being held in the jail on a $125,000 bond.
The alleged crime has shocked authorities.
“As you can imagine, it’s very difficult for all of us in law enforcement and for the first responders to be in a situation to come across a scene like we did yesterday,” Laredo and Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said, local ABC affiliate KRTK reports.
Dominguez told police that her 2-year-old daughter and one of her other children were taking a bath in their apartment at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday when Rebecka drowned, Alaniz says.
Dominguez allegedly told the police that the children were unsupervised. She allegedly asked her husband to help dispose of her body.
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The case came to light when a neighbor called police, who found the toddler’s remains in a 5-gallon bucket of acid in a bedroom closet, Alaniz told the Associated Press. Authorities began investigating the case, and have placed the couple’s four other children with child protective services.Rebecka would have turned 3 on Sunday — the same day that the community gathered in a vigil to honor her life.Neither Dominguez and Zavala-Loredo have yet entered pleas. It is unclear whether they have retained an attorney who can comment on their behalf.
Calls by PEOPLE to the Webb County Sheriff’s Office, the Laredo Police Department, and the District Attorney’s Office were not immediately returned.