Guilty Verdict in Fridge Fetus Case

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Guilty Verdict in Fridge Fetus Case

Post  Printessa / Admin on Thu May 07, 2009 12:36 pm

Guilty Verdict in Fridge
Fetus Case

Published : Thursday, 07 May 2009, 11:28 AM CDT

LUBBOCK, Texas - A 28-year-old mother of nine who was arrested after authorities found a dead fetus stored in the refrigerator of her trash-strewn home was convicted Thursday of child injury and child endangerment charges.



Jurors deliberated for 32 minutes before finding Gloria Ramirez, who is now eight months pregnant, guilty of one count of injury to a child and six counts of child endangerment. The sentencing phase of the trial was to begin Thursday afternoon.

Police came to the home in July 2007 after Anthony Moya, Ramirez's husband, called a funeral home to ask about a casket for a fetus Ramirez had miscarried. She placed the fetus inside a white baby wipe box and put it in the refrigerator. When police arrived they found rodents, roaches, dirty diapers stacked in closets, moldy food and trash covering most floors.

Moya, father to six of the seven children removed from the home, faces the same 11 charges that Ramirez faced. His trial was expected to start later this month. Jurors in Ramirez's case were asked to only consider seven of the charges against her.

On Wednesday, Ramirez's oldest child testified Wednesday that her mother threatened her life and her siblings' lives if they told anyone about the filthy conditions. The 11-year-old told jurors her mother showed the dead fetus to all the children and blamed them for the miscarriage "because we weren't letting her get any sleep."

The couple's twins were born in May 2008, less than a year after the seven youngsters were removed. The state has temporary custody of them.

In her statement to police a few days after the children were removed, Ramirez minimized the filth and blamed Moya because he didn't help her clean up.


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