A 14-year-old boy from Texas has been accused of killing a mother and her 18-year-old pregnant daughter whose child later died after an emergency C-Section, the authorities revealed.
The teenage suspect was already accused of an aggravated robbery in custody when he was arrested for the murder of Janette Quiroz, 37, and her daughter Bernadette Quiroz.
Janette was found dead outside her home in the Rosemont University Park apartments in San Antonio, and Bernadette – who was seven months pregnant – was found seriously injured.
The 18-year-old was rushed to a local hospital, but unfortunately died a few hours later.
Janette Quiroz (left), 37, was found dead outside her home in the Rosemont University Park apartments in San Antonio, and Bernadette (right) – who was seven months pregnant – was critically injured
Bernadette died hours later and her daughter, Tabitha Quiroz, had to be delivered early by an emergency C-Section, but unfortunately died after three days
Her daughter, Tabitha Quiroz, had to be delivered prematurely by the C department for emergency situations.
Initially the child survived the birth, but three days later died sadly according to bleeding to the brain KSAT.
Malida Quiroz, who would have been Tabitha's great-grandmother, described the moment when she came to the painful decision to switch the baby's life support system after the doctors killed her brain.
& # 39; She had a leak in her belly, a leak in her brain, and again she had no signs of life, & # 39; Malida said to the station.
& # 39; I didn't want her to suffer, so I made that decision. And all I can say is that she went with her mother because she was dead by the time she brought her to the hospital. & # 39;
Investigators have not yet revealed the identity of the boy because of his age, but on Thursday he was charged with capital murder in connection with the dead (photo: the scene of the murder)
Malida Quiroz, who would have been the great-grandmother of Tabitha, described the moment when she came to the painful decision to switch the baby's life support system after the doctors declared her brain death
Investigators have not yet revealed the boy's identity due to his age, but on Thursday he was charged with murder in connection with death.
It is unclear what relationship the boy has with the victims, but the Quiroz family has asked him to be tried as an adult and to issue the death penalty.
& # 39; I feel like we're in Texas. So I want them to get the full punishment. I don't care how old you are or how young you are, you deserve the death penalty, "said Bernadette & # 39; s brother Damian.
On Wednesday, the teenager appeared in the Juvenile District Court in Bexar, where Judge Arcelia Treviño informed him of the boy he would be detained in the near future.
& # 39; This court is not going to let you go at this time, & # 39; said the judge. & # 39; You are a danger to yourself or another person.
& # 39; Based on the complaint and the allegations, the court does not feel that you are safe in the community & # 39 ;, the judge concluded.
It is unclear what relationship the boy has with the victims, but the Quiroz family has asked him to be tried as an adult and to issue the death penalty (photo Janette Quiroz)
Prosecutors now have 30 days to decide whether they want to file a petition to continue to pursue murder charges and try the boy as an adult.
& # 39; The law does not allow the state to receive the death penalty for someone who is only fourteen, & # 39; told Bexar County District Lawyer Joe D. Gonzales to News4.
& # 39; Usually you don't see anyone under the age of 14 being subject to adult certification, but the law does allow it in extreme circumstances and certainly this would be one of them. & # 39;
The teenager will then appear in court on 12 June. He has not argued yet.
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