Crime Medical examiners can’t determine cause of death for little girl whose body was found in bedroom closet

00:50  07 november  2019
00:50  07 november  2019 Source:   khou.com

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Medical examiners announced Wednesday that they could not determine the cause of death of the little girl whose body was found in her family’s bedroom closet back in August.

a group of people posing for the camera: Santiago Esparza, Priscilla Torres, Sierra Patino© KHOU Santiago Esparza, Priscilla Torres, Sierra Patino

Five-year-old Sierra Patino’s lifeless body was left in the closet for days while her mom and boyfriend stayed in the apartment. The two even took a trip to Galveston before calling the police, according to court records.

Both Priscilla Torres, Sierra’s mom, and Santiago Esparza, the boyfriend, have been arrested and charged with tampering with a human corpse.

"It's very troubling, no matter how the child died, whether it's accidental or intentional death...for a body to be in the closet for several days, that's unthinkable," said Lt. Larry Crowson with Houston Police Department.

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The Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office said the case is now in the hands of law enforcement.

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Both suspects are still in jail.

Esparza’s next court date is schedule for Thursday. Priscilla’s next court date is scheduled for Jan. 8, 2020.

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