A San Anontio, Texas, mother allegedly said she didn’t call 911 for her dying daughter because her phone was low on minutes.
The San Antonio Express-News reported that Jessica Briones, 35, walked into the San Antonio police station on September 5 with Olivia Briones, 4, in her arms. The unresponsive child was rushed to a local hospital where she died the next day.
Though a cause of death is still pending, the medical examiner revealed that Olivia had a swollen nose, eight scars on her scalp, a large abrasion on the back of her head, a black eye, a deflated left lung, a fractured vertebrae, a swollen wrist, two swollen arms, a bruised ankle, and tissue in her upper lip was detached from her gums.
Doctors also located bleeding inside the 4-year-old head and brain swelling—possibly caused by a hit to the head, according to the local paper.
Jessica allegedly couldn’t explain her daughter’s severe head injuries. She told officers that she went to the police station instead of calling 911 because she couldn’t locate her phone and it was low on minutes, according to the affidavit.
The 33-year-old supposedly told officers that Olivia was throwing up and wouldn’t wake up on the morning in question. She reportedly claimed that her daughter fell often and hit her head on the floor on September 1.
She reportedly admitted to unintentionally slamming Olivia’s arm in the door. However, she couldn’t explain why the child’s head injury was so serious, the affidavit also alleged.
Jessica was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of causing injuries to a child. The Express-News reported that the district attorney’s office could upgrade charges based on the medical examiner’s report.
If convicted of harming her daughter, the San Antonio woman faces 99 years in prison.
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