A husband and wife have been arrested in connection with the death of
a 2-year-old girl whose remains were found in a container in an
apartment on Thursday in west central Laredo, according to authorities.
Gerardo Zavala Loredo, 32, and Monica
Dominguez, 37, were each charged with abuse of a human corpse, a state
jail felony, and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence by
altering, destroying or concealing a human corpse, a second-degree
felony. Dominguez was also charged with two counts of endangering a
Zavala Loredo is being held at the Webb
County Jail on a $125,000 bond and Dominguez is being held on a $175,000
bond set by Judge Leticia Martinez, according to court records.
Law enforcement said Dominguez told police
that two of her children were not being supervised while they were
bathing and that one of them, Rebecka Zavala, ended up drowning. She
said she then recruited her husband to help dispose of the body, Webb
County District Attorney Isidro "Chilo" Alaniz said.
Authorities searched the apartment at about 5
p.m. in the 1800 block of Jefferson Street after a concerned neighbor
Alaniz said that during the search, they
found the girl's remains in a five-gallon container in a bedroom closet.
There appeared to be acid in the container as well, he said.
Alaniz added that an examination of the girl's body will determine whether there were any "injuries consistent with a murder."
"We need to wait to see what the science tells us," he said. "Right now there's more questions than answers," Alaniz added.
CPS has taken custody of four children, ages 1 to 11, who lived at the apartment.