A North Carolina woman is behind bars three months after her son’s death, accused of being so negligent in getting medical care for the boy that he passed away.
WRAL reports that Deysi Yhuriko Martinez, 22, of Garner, is accused of “negligent child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury” after her son, Eric, died in August after Martinez reportedly “[failed] to provide care by neglecting to take Eric to a medical provider or call for medical services such as 911 to obtain medical treatment.”
According to police, Martinez lived in a hotel suite off of Highway 70 in Garner, with Eric, his father, and Eric’s younger brother. At some point while staying the hotel, Eric developed internal injuries. He was eventually taken to a local hospital, where he died on Aug. 10.
Martinez is accused of not getting her son medical attention in time to save his life. According to ABC11, at the suspect’s first court appearance on Thursday, a prosecutor claimed that Eric was only a few days shy of his 4th birthday when he suffered profusely from a perforated intestine, which caused sepsis.
It’s still unclear how Eric was injured. Detectives are still working to uncover the cause.
Martinez is currently at the Wake County Jail with a $500,000 bond. A judge initially set her bond at $150,000, but increased it after learning she had five previous arrests and a history of failing to appear at her court hearings.
The story is still developing. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: Deysi Yhuriko Martinez/Raleigh-Wake City-County Bureau of Identification]