A Texas woman offered police the worst excuse that anyone has ever given and the fact that it cost the woman her daughter’s life makes it even more despicable. A mother living in Texas has been charged in the death of her 4-year-old daughter because she refused to call 911 claiming that she had no choice because her cell phone was low on minutes.
Jessica Briones, 34, was arrested on suspicion of causing injuries to a child, San Antonio Express-News reported on Tuesday.
She brought her 4-year-old daughter to the San Antonio police substation on Sept. 5 with severe head trauma. Briones later admitted she didn’t call 911 because she couldn’t find her phone and she was allegedly “low on minutes,” according to the paper.
The toddler died a day later in the hospital.
Briones told police her daughter began vomiting the morning before she was brought to the substation. At first glance, the girl appeared to be suffering from arm, face and head injuries, but doctors discovered there was much more damage done to her.
Doctors revealed the girl also had a swollen nose, eight scars on the back of her head, a black eye, deflated left lung, a fractured vertebra, a swollen wrist and two swollen arms, a bruised ankle and detached tissue in her upper lip from her gums, the paper said.
Briones allegedly said she accidentally slammed the girl’s arm into the door. She couldn’t explain why her daughter had a severe head injury but said her head hit the floor about four days before she died.
The doctor’s reported that the young girl had been bleeding from multiple spots on her brain and that it swelled up possibly revealing that the girl was struck over the head according to the affidavit. An autopsy is now being conducted on the girl to reveal the cause of her death.
Jessica Briones is facing up to 99 years in prison if she is convicted, but depending on the autopsy report she could be facing even more severe punishment.