Following the death of her 11-month-old daughter RaeLynn Coria Martinez, friends of her mother Alexa Coria set up a donation page on the website GoFundMe.com to help with “funeral expenses.” In the weeks that followed however, her story of how her baby died began to unravel. Now the 22-year-old is facing child abuse and accessory to murder charges that she lied to protect her boyfriend, a convicted child abuser, who has been arrested for RaeLynn’s death. As a result of the revelations, her GoFundMe page has sparked outrage and been shut down.
According Fort Collins, Colorado police RaeLynn was home alone with her mother’s boyfriend, Juan Francisco Canales-Hernandez, 24. Canales-Hernandez had previously served time for a child abuse incident in 2013, which resulted in an ex-girlfriend’s son having bite marks on his face and inner thigh, a fractured arm and internal injuries that led to part of the child’s pancreas being removed. Police say on the afternoon of September 7th, he got frustrated with RaeLynn when she became upset after he dropped her on her head, and hit her with a chair, causing her to lose consciousness. After calling Alexa, the couple concocted a story that the child’s injuries were the result of her falling out of her high-chair. RaeLynn died from her injuries two days later and Canales-Hernandez eventually admitted to killing her. He is being held without bail for first degree murder.
Alexa’s GoFundMe page received donations of over $1,300, but once she was arrested, people feared she was using the money to cover her $10,000 bail. In fact, no money was ever withdrawn from the account, and all donations have been refunded, following GoFundMe’s termination of the page. In a statement to The Coloradoan newspaper, a representative said, “A campaign is removed if it violates GoFundMe’s terms of service. In this case, it was removed for raising money for the defense or support of anyone alleged to be involved in criminal activity.” A separate GoFundMe page has been set up to help RaeLynn’s biological father with funeral expenses.