Just before Saturday, deputies arrived at Morales's home on
The Washington County Sheriff says when deputies first showed up, Morales was still unconscious due to her high level of intoxication. Police arrested and charged Morales in connection with the death of her daughter, who was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Police say there were two other children, age one and three, in the house when the infant and mother were both found unconscious.
"There were three children total at the time of the incident including the infant," said Carly Hose of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
Police say Morales's two other daughters were taken by child protective services Saturday. Court documents reveal one of her children was allegedly a victim of abuse in the past.
In June 2012, Morales's boyfriend at the time, Daniel Keith Edmonds, was arrested for allegedly abusing her oldest daughter, who was two-years-old at the time.
Court documents also show two different doctors examined Morales's oldest child in 2012, and they told detectives she had several injuries including two broken ribs and bruising to the body. Court documents state that in 2012, Morales first told detectives she witnessed her oldest daughter get injured after falling down the stairs in her home. But she later changed her story.
But doctors concluded the injuries Morales's child suffered were too severe to be accidental and that they were most likely not caused by a fall down the stairs, but rather by blunt force trauma, state court records state. The doctors also both told detectives that the child had old rib fractures, indicating those injuries were sustained at an earlier time.
Morales later changed her story, saying she found out about her daughter's injuries after returning from work, according to court documents. Morales told detectives
Now, after the death of her youngest daughter, Morales is facing manslaughter and child abuse charges, along with three other misdemeanors.
The Sheriff’s Department could not comment on the status of Morales’s other two daughters.
Police say this investigation is still ongoing and that the autopsy of the infant has not yet been released by the Office of the Medical Examiner in
Police say Morales is currently out of jail after posting $100,000 bond.
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