Infant's Death Ruled Involuntary Manslaughter

The 14-month-old girl's mother, Gloria Gomez, was charged with involuntary manslaughter

By Dominic Trombino
|  Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011  |  Updated 11:34 AM CDT
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Gloria Gomez, 38, was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 14-month-old daughter.

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An Aurora Township woman has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for the death of her infant daughter.

Gloria Gomez, 38, was arrested early Thursday after police received a call about a 14-month-old girl who was unconscious and not breathing, according to the Kane County Sheriff's Office.

Evidence presented at a bond hearing Tuesday showed that Gomez was holding her daughter, Aleidy Gomez, in a beach towel when police arrived, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The child was taken to Provena Mercy Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, according to police.

Evidence showed that another girl was in the house. The girl told police that Gomez had found the child on the bed, cold to the touch. The girl called 911 when Gomez asked her to.

According to police, there were no immediate signs of injury. An autopsy revealed lacerations to her liver and kidney, as well as three broken ribs, hemorrhaging on her neck and throat, and multiple diaphragm injuries. The cause of death was determined as blunt force trauma to her abdomen.

Eventually, Gomez admitted to hitting the child numerous times in both the back and the neck, police said.

Gomez is not charged with murder, so it is not likely the death of the child was intentional. Gomez has three other children living in Aurora, all of whom have been placed in foster care, according to police. Kane County Detective Amy Dunn said Gomez has five other children in Mexico.

If Gomez were to post bail, she would be sent to immigration enforcement.

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