A MALNOURISHED six-year-old girl was covered in head lice and dead skin before she starved to death in her Texas home.
Samatha Jimenez weighed only 31 pounds before she reportedly starved to death in her San Antonio, Texas, home last year.
The young girl was pronounced dead on October 3, 2021, after her 38-year-old mom Stephanie Jimenez called 911 in regards to her unresponsive daughter.
Jimenez reportedly told police that her daughter fell, hit her head, and vomited ensued.
However, it was declared by the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office that Samantha died of malnutrition and neglect, as per records obtained by KSAT.
A kidney infection, pneumonia, and dehydration were also factors in the girl’s death. She was also positive for Covid-19 at the time.
Samantha, who was set to turn seven in a matter of days, “appeared small and thin for her age,” a police officer in an arrest warrant affidavit.
Her hair was infested with lice and she had a buildup of dead skin due to poor hygiene, as per the report.
Months later, on July 26, 2022, Jimenez was arrested on a charge of injury to a child, serious bodily injury by omission, according to records.
Jimenez’s bond has been set at $200,000.
A San Antonio police report, obtained by KSAT, revealed a warrant for Jimenez’s arrest was issued after probable cause was found in the case.
At the time of Jimenez’s arrest, the mom was on probation after an arrest on charges of injury to a child in 2012.
The police department’s public information officer released the following statement to KSAT on Wednesday: “Child death cases are complex in nature and require the assistance of the Medical Examiner for a ruling as to the manner and cause of death.
“When presenting the case to District Attorney’s office, we are often only afforded one opportunity to obtain a conviction in a case.
“Therefore, investigations require detectives gather all available facts and evidence before presenting the case to the District Attorney’s Office in order to obtain justice for the victim’s and their families.”
Despite the terrible circumstances surrounding Jimenez’s six-year-old daughter’s death, people living nearby never suspected any foul play inside the residence.
Neighbor Jeremy Bernal told KIII-TV: “I feel bad. I feel horrible, knowing I could have done something.
“Something could have been done, just knowing it’s only a few houses away.”