2-year-old dies of heat exposure as drunk parents leave her in the car after a night of partying
25-year-old Olga Esquivel and 25-year-old Angel Esquivel-Blanco were charged with abandoning a child in the September 2018 death of two-year-old Alicia Esquivel
Two Texas parents who caused the death of their toddler daughter after leaving her in the back seat of a car overnight after returning from a party have been arrested and charged. 25-year-old Olga Esquivel and 25-year-old Angel Esquivel-Blanco were charged with abandoning a child in the September 2018 incident which saw two-year-old Alicia Esquivel die of heat exposure.
According to a press release by the Harris County District Attorney's Office, both Ola and Angel were arrested by Harris County Sheriff's Office deputies on Friday, December 21. Olga has also been charged with tampering with a corpse.
Papers filed by prosecutors in the district attorney's Child Fatality Unit reveal Olga told sheriff's investigators that the family had gone to a party on September 14, 2018. When they returned home around midnight, she said she helped her intoxicated husband get inside, and that they fell asleep. She said she didn't realize Alicia was in the car until about noon the next day, which is when she woke up.
She told investigators she splashed water on the child and tried CPR on her, but to no avail. However, she only called emergency services at around 2:55 pm. When asked why she waited more than an hour to call 911 after finding her daughter unconscious, she claimed it was because she couldn't find a phone and that the other's battery was dead.
Court papers state the 25-year-old also initially insisted the child had slept with her and her husband the night prior to her death, changing her story when deputies determined the two-year-old had been alive in the car and had even taken cell phone video as late as 10:40 am that morning.
The Houston Chronicle reported that the authorities obtained the photos and videos from the couple's cell phones. These included the two videos and a video which had apparently been taken by the child. Investigators said the photos showed the inside of the car, with the videos showing the girl speaking in discomfort, as well as a pair of scissors lodged in the area between the passenger seat and the door.
Speaking about the incident, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said, "Parents have a duty to protect their children. And these parents will forever live with their child’s horrible death and suffer the consequences of their actions."
Olga is being held in the Harris County Jail on a $40,000 bond. Angel, a citizen of Mexico was released from jail on a $10,000 bond. If convicted of the charges of abandoning a child and tampering with a corpse, both of which are second-degree felonies, both parents could face a possible sentence of 20 years behind bars.