Mother Says She Dumped Newborn to Keep Boyfriend

Jamie Stockwell, Washington Post, May 25, 2006

After secretly giving birth inside a bathroom, Maria Aguirre had two options, she later told detectives: Dispose of her newborn daughter or risk losing her boyfriend of seven months.

“She was afraid to lose her boyfriend because the child wasn’t his,” said Arlington County Detective Rosa Ortiz, who testified at a preliminary hearing yesterday for Aguirre, who is charged with first-degree murder.

So Aguirre threw the baby away.

Aguirre, 20, was arrested after police found the infant’s body in a trash heap April 1 outside the Arlington house where she and her boyfriend rented a room. After the hearing in Arlington’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, Judge George D. Varoutsos agreed that there was enough evidence against Aguirre to send the case to a grand jury next month.

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PHARR—Police said they are searching for a 21-year-old illegal immigrant accused of raping a 10-year-old family member and leaving her pregnant.

Authorities were alerted to the case by a local doctor, who discovered the girl’s pregnancy during a routine medical exam last Friday, Pharr police Lt. Guadalupe Salinas said.

The girl was subsequently taken to the Children’s Advocacy Center in Edinburg where she told staff that her 21-year-old relative, Pedro Guzman Muñoz, had raped her, police said. It is the Valley Morning Star’s policy to not identify victims of sexual assault, or their exact relationship to the suspect if the relationship can be used to identify the victim.

“We assume (the abuse had) been going on for some time,” Salinas said. “We don’t know for sure, but at least six months.”

The girl is three-months pregnant and remains in her parents’ home.

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