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Texas Mom Sentenced To Life After 'Bed-Ridden' 7-Year-Old Daughter Dies While She's Partying
Authorities said that Lauren Dean's non-verbal 7-year-old daughter Jordynn Barrera died because her mom failed to provide necessary medical care and went out to the bars instead.
A Texas mother will spend the rest of her life behind bars for the murder of her “bed-ridden” 7-year-old daughter, who died while she went to the bars to party.
Lauren Kay Dean pleaded guilty Wednesday to the murder of her daughter Jordynn Barrera, 7, who was found dead in the family’s Bay City apartment during a welfare check in 2020, according to court records obtained by KTRK.
Dean received a life sentence and an additional twenty years for two counts of abandonment endangering of a child.
According to authorities, Dean left her three children, including Barrera, a 5-year-old and a 3-month-old infant, home alone on January 30, 2020 to go out to Shade’s Bar.
Bay City Police were called to the family’s apartment for a welfare check around 2:36 p.m. the next day, according to an earlier statement from police.
Dean, then 26-years-old, had returned to the home and invited the officer into the apartment, believing her children were fine.
However, Barerra — who had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and Down syndrome and needed a feeding tube to survive —was found dead inside the home. She had been “bed-ridden” and non-communicative.
Detectives found Dean’s two other children alive inside the home and removed them from her custody.
She was initially arrested on charges of abandonment, endangering a child and imminent danger bodily injury, police said.
The charges were increased to murder of a person under the age of 10 after authorities determined that her daughter died because she failed to provide necessary medical care, according to court records also obtained by KHOU.
She agreed to the life sentence in exchange for prosecutors taking the death penalty off the table, The Bay City Tribune reports.