Teenage mother stabs baby to death minutes after giving birth, dumps the body and goes back to sleep
17-year-old Erica Gomez is facing capital murder charges over the death and is being held at the El Paso County Detention Facility on a $800,000 bond
A 17-year-old Texas mother stabbed and killed her newborn baby just minutes after it was born, dumped the infant's body at a neighbor's home, and then went back to sleep. Erica Gomez is facing capital murder charges over the February 9 incident, according to court documents filed in connection to the case.
The documents, copies of which were obtained by Fox News, stated that Deputy Michael Schulte of the El Paso Sheriff's Office was dispatched to Gomez's residence at 13170 Frankie Lane for a welfare check on February 9 at around 7:30 pm.
On arrival, he met with the man who had called in the check. The man said his 13-year-old son had found a deceased baby inside a shed that was located inside his property, and that the baby was subsequently taken out from the shed and placed on their kitchen countertop. Gomez was identified as the mother of the infant, and the El Paso County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit was notified of the incident. Her residence was then secured, with a search warrant allowing for detectives to comb her home for evidence.
The 17-year-old reportedly later confessed to giving birth to the infant in her bathroom, wrapping it in a bathrobe, and then placing it in the neighbor's shed. She said after doing so, she went back home and fell asleep, and claimed she did not tell anyone about the incident because she was scared.
Her mother later noticed that she was bleeding and took her to the hospital, where doctors said the teen had suffered a miscarriage. But the newborn child was ultimately found by Gomez's neighbor, with detectives determining that the infant had been in the shed for about 12 hours.
According to court documents, a forensic examination of the child conducted at the El Paso County Medical Examiner's Office on February 12 and revealed it had suffered a total of nine stab wounds — three sharp wounds on its neck, one sharp wound under its right armpit, and five sharp wounds on its back. The cause of death was ruled as homicidal violence.
Speaking about the incident, Erica Martinez, Gomez's confirmation teacher in Church, said she "cannot understand" what the teen is "thinking or feeling." Thomas Moreno, a neighbor of Gomez, expressed his shock at the murder, telling Fox, "It really upsets me, children shouldn’t be abused."
Gomez was arrested on February 23 and she is being held at the El Paso County Detention Facility on an $800,000 bond.