McALLEN, Texas (AP) - Angelica Gutierrez Acosta went before a
South Texas judge for arraignment today on a capital murder charge
for the brutal killing of her 15-day-old daughter, Gabriela.
A phalanx of cameras focused on the diminutive 19-year-old woman
as she went before McAllen Muncipal Judge Charles Ochoa. The judge
read the charge in English and Spanish before setting her bond at
one million dollars.
A court affidavit says that just 24 hours earlier, Gutierrez
called McAllen police to say a stranger had tried to steal her
purse outside a local clinic for mothers and children. Instead, she
said the unidentified man in black pants and white shirt grabbed
A police officer found the infant lying dead under some bushes
blocks away just 25 minutes later. She'd been stabbed in the chest
But under questioning, the mother's story was inconsistent and
detectives noticed what appeared to be blood stains on her pants.
She eventually confessed to stabbing the baby and sketched a crude
map that led police to a bloody kitchen knife.
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