Who is Jessica Cantu: Mom arrested after she lied about daughter, 2, shooting herself dead
Autopsy reports revealed that the toddler was shot from a distance
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS: A Texas mom has been arrested after she lied about her 2-year-old daughter shooting herself dead in their house. Jessica Cantu was arrested for the alleged shooting death of her daughter Juelz Gonzalez. She previously lied about the fact that her daughter died due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but autopsy reports revealed that the toddler was shot from a distance, Fox29 reported.
It is believed that Cantu, along with her boyfriend and her 4-year-old daughter, was at their home in Texas on February 18, 2022, when the incident happened. The shocking new revelation comes 4 months after the daughter's death, and the mother was arrested on Thursday, June 16, and charged with endangering a child. Cantu previously said she was in the bathroom when she heard a loud 'pop' coming from her daughter's room. It's also reported that Cantu and her boyfriend Joshua Christopher Ramirez, 32, who owned the gun, both ran into the room looking for the toddler.
#BREAKING: 35-y-o Jessica Cantu has been arrested on child endangerment.— Amanda Henderson (@AmandaHTV) June 16, 2022
Her daughter is 2-y-o Juelz Gonzalez. The toddler died after allegedly accidentally shooting herself earlier this year.
Per an affidavit, Cantu said she bought the gun Juelz shot herself with. pic.twitter.com/ySOVxwEthP
Who is Jessica Cantu?
The SAPD said, "Initially it was reported to police that the child shot herself. Through the course of the investigation investigators gathered additional evidence including the medical examiner's report that determined the child had not shot herself. With enough probable cause they were able to issue a warrant for child endangerment." Cantu is now being held on a $150,000 bond.
The US Attorney's Office also revealed that Ramirez, Cantu's boyfriend, is a convicted felon and was in possession of a Glock Model 35, a .40-caliber handgun. Back in March, he was charged with a felony in possession of a firearm. However, Cantu's affidavit states that the gun that her late daughter used was brought by her and that she was aware of the fact that her boyfriend was in possession of a firearm.
The police further said that Cantu "intentionally and knowingly placed the victim in imminent danger by allowing her to be in the presence of a handgun in possession of a felon with a violent criminal history.” Records claim that Cantu was charged with possession and unauthorized use of a vehicle this year.