Autopsy Results Pending on Child's Body Found in Box 1/13/13
January 13, 2013
CROSBYTON - Authorities have not released the cause of death for
a child found dead inside a box in a West Texas basement.
An autopsy has been performed on the body Crosbyton authorities believe is
2-year-old Leah Marie Aguirre. Her family is preparing for her funeral.
Her caretaker, Matilda Almaraz, is charged with capital murder and remains
jailed on $1 million bond.
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services spokesman Paul Zimmerman
says Leah Marie's mother had turned the child over to Almaraz, but it's unclear
when. He says when child welfare officials found out last fall, Almaraz was
allowed to keep Leah Marie after an agency inspection and background check.
The body was found Thursday in Crosbyton, 40 miles east of Lubbock. Leah
Marie was reported missing Tuesday.