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Texas Woman Allegedly Murdered Sister, Forced Own 13-Year-Old Son To Help Move Body

Carmen White is accused of murdering her own sister, Cynthia Cervantes, and forcing her own teenage son to help her move the body.

A police handout of Carmen White

A Texas woman is accused of murdering her own sister and forcing her 13-year-old son to help dump the body.

Carmen White, 38, has been charged with capital murder for the March killing of her sister, Cynthia Cervantes, KTRK reports. She is now in custody, ABC 13 reports.

White had existing warrants out for her failure to appear in court after an arrest in February, when she was charged with a terroristic threat to a family member and possession of a controlled substance for meth. 

The Houston Police Department has not immediately responded to Oxygen.com’s request for comment.

Cervantes was shot multiple times — including once to the back of the neck — after which her body was dumped on a  dirt road and set on fire, according to a felony complaint obtained by People. Cervantes was found by a railroad employee. 

According to the complaint, a witness told police that the victim had previously called the police on White and "reported a terroristic threat."

[Witness] stated that [White] was very angry about [Cervantes] calling the police, having to go to jail and her previous car being towed and not being able to recover it from the tow lot," the complaint states.

A different witness claimed that, after the murder, White asked him for help getting rid of her sister’s body in exchange for sexual favors. He declined.

Instead, White allegedly enlisted her own 13-year-old son. That child told police that she allegedly "instructed him to assist her in lifting a bagged unknown item from the dumpster area and placing it in her trunk of her vehicle,” according to People.

The child allegedly told police that he "reached down and lifted what felt like human legs, so he dropped the legs back to the ground." Police say that he told them that his mom forced him to continue carrying the remains.

"[Her son] said that he again resisted, but his mother became extremely aggressive, and he feared what she may do to him, so he gave in out of fear for his safety," the complaint alleges.

Video footage allegedly captured White's car at the location where the body was found on April 1. Records alleged that blood was found detected in the car’s "rear cargo area and on an envelope found under the front driver's side seat." DNA tests are pending.

It is not clear if White has a lawyer.

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