A Texas mom charged in her daughter’s death told police she didn’t call 911 to help her child because her phone was low on minutes.
According to the San Antonio Express-News, Jessica Briones, 34, was arrested on suspicion of causing injuries to her 4-year-old daughter Olivia. Instead, she brought her injured child to a San Antonio police substation after she began vomiting. By the time Briones arrived, she was carrying her unresponsive child.
A day later, Olivia died in a hospital. Fox 26 Houston reports that the child suffered severe head trauma, injuries to her arm and face, a deflated left lung, a swollen nose, eight scars in various stages of healing on the back of her head, a black eye, a fractured vertebrae, a bruised ankle and damaged lips. Doctors believed that some of the injuries appeared to be from previous incidents.
Briones allegedly admitted that she accidentally slammed Olivia’s arm into a door. The mother claimed that her daughter also hit her head on the floor four days before her death. But, Briones couldn’t explain why Olivia’s injuries were so extreme, My San Antonio reports. The mother said the girl “falls a lot.”
According to Fox, the child suffered severe brain swelling which is consistent with a blow on the head, according to an affidavit. An autopsy is being conducted to determine Olivia’s exact cause of death.
Briones faces up to century in prison if convicted. Those changes are subject to be upgraded, pending the autopsy results. She had sole custody of her daughter.
[Photo: Bexar County Sheriff’s Office]