Brenham Family Searches For Daughter's Suspected Killer

It's been almost a year since a Brenham toddler was brutally murdered, allegedly at the hands of her baby sitter.

The suspect is still at large, and family and police are doing all they can to make sure justice is served.

"It haunts me every day," Sandra Lopez recalled. "These were the rosaries we gave out to everyone at her service."

It happened nearly a year ago, but to Sandra Lopez, it feels like it was yesterday.

"The last words she told my husband were "Daddy, I want my bottle." Those are words that he can't forget and he just regrets not being here because he didn't get to see her," Lopez said as she wiped away tears.

On March 11, 2008, Lopez picked up her 2-year-old daughter from the baby sitter's house.

Alexia was having trouble breathing and had been throwing up.

Initially, they thought it was an asthma attack, until they got to the hospital.

"I remember the doctor's exact words," Lopez remembered. "They told me someone hurt your daughter. Alexia just passed away. We tried to resuscitate her, but we couldn't."

Alexia suffered blunt force trauma which caused her intestines to separate, Brenham police said.

"You can imagine for yourself what it would take to separate your large and small intestines -- that type of blow," Brenham Interim Police Chief Jay Petrash said. "How it occurred, we can only theorize."

After Alexia's parents were cleared of any wrongdoing, police turned their attention to the baby sitter, Berny Figueroa.

Police questioned Figueroa extensively. But before a warrant was issued for her arrest, the woman disappeared. Figueroa reportedly left a note behind saying the pressure was just too much for her.

"We believe she's in Mexico or in El Salvador," Petrash said.

The Brenham Department is working with federal authorities to find her.

"When you have a dead child, it is a priority and it will always be a priority. We're going to hunt this woman to the ends of the earth," Petrash promised.

For Sandra Lopez, that day couldn't come soon enough. Figueroa's capture would mean closure for the family.

"There's always something missing, there are still no answers," Lopez said. "I want her here and I want her tried. I want her to pay for what she did."

Figueroa, 30, is wanted for capital murder. She is 5'5" and weighs 110 pounds.

If you have any information about her whereabouts, you're asked to call Brenham Police at 979-337-7272.


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