A Texas mother has been arrested after an autopsy revealed a disturbing new fact in the death of her two-year-old daughter, officials said.
The boy’s death was initially thought to have been caused by a gunshot wound to the head, but an autopsy revealed that 2-year-old Juelz Gonzalez did not shoot himself as the bullet was not far or near. Reported by Fox 29, San Antonio.
Her mother, Jessica Cantu, 35, was later arrested Thursday and charged with endangering the child, the San Antonio Police Department said. The arrests came four months after Juelz’s death.
“Police were initially informed that the boy had shot himself,” SAPD said, according to Fox 29. During the investigation, investigators gathered additional evidence, including a report from a medical examiner, who determined that the boy had not shot himself.
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On the night of Feb. 18, Cantu, her boyfriend, and her four-year-old daughter were all at home in Texas when Juelz died.
“Our detectives have thoroughly investigated the case. The preliminary information provided may have changed during the investigation, and in this case, we have found evidence to accuse the suspects of the offenses listed on the affidavit,” the SAPD said. The report “Any upgraded charges will come from the District Attorney’s Office. I will send you to them for any comments on possible upgrading charges.”
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The gun belonged to a lover, Joshua Christopher Ramirez, 32, who was arrested for carrying a gun that killed Juelz.
Juelz’s biological father, Julio Gonzalez, told Fox 29 he was not at home at the time of the shooting and was praying for everyone who had ever lost a child, the outlet said.
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Cantula is held on a 150,000 bond, SAPD said.