A grand jury indicted a nearly half-ton, bedridden woman Thursday in the death of her 2-year-old nephew.
Mayra Lizbeth Rosales, 27, was indicted on one count of first-degree murder and on one count of injury to a child in the death of Eliseo Gonzalez Jr. Rosales previously had been charged with capital murder.
The grand jury indicted her after a full autopsy confirmed investigators' suspicions that the child died March 18 because he had been struck. Investigators believe the toddler was struck at least twice, crushing his head.
According to UPI, “The child arrived at an area hospital in a coma March 18 and removed from life-support systems two days later.” Rosales explained away the injuries by saying she had slipped, landing with her right hand on Eliseo's head while trying to pick him off the floor, and that he fell off a chair. But a post-mortem found that Eliseo's injuries were “consistent with blunt force trauma” and that Mayra Rosales' explanations were inconsistent with the injuries.
Mayra Rosales sister and mother of Elisio Gonzalez Jr., Jaime Lee Rosales, had been indicted for injury to her child because her sister and alleged killer Mayra was violent. Child Protective Services safety plan was for her not to leave the child alone with her Aunt. Unfortunate for her she did anyway and is now paying the price of her of negligence by losing her child.
Meanwhile Prosecutors are attempting to figure out a way to remove the defendant from her home as she is stuck there because of her grotesque size and fat. Rosales is stuck in bed at the moment and damage to the house will probably have to be done to remove the 1,000 lb lady. Rosales is unable to get through her front door to be taken to jail and, later, court.
A grand jury has already agreed she should face charges of murder and injury in connection with the death of Eliseo Gonzalez Jr.
The morbidly obese woman has since been photographed and finger-printed at home but released on a “personal recognizance bond” because of the logistics problem.
Both Hidalgo County District Attorney Rene Guerra and Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino promised that Rosales would somehow face the charges but they had little details about how that would happen. Trevino said holding her at the Hidalgo County Jail for her trial would be impossible because she needs extensive medical care.
“She would die,” said Trevino in Thursday's online edition of The Monitor in McAllen.
Nevertheless, she will soon face arrest, he said.