Rebecka Zavala cover up death: Texas parents, Gerardo Zavala-Loredo and Monica Yvonne Dominguez arrested after disposing of their three year old daughter’s body in a 5 gallon bucket containing acid.
A Texas couple have been arrested after the remains of their three year old daughter were found in a bucket containing acid on Thursday.
Gerardo Zavala-Loredo, 32, and Monica Yvonne Dominguez, 37, of Laredo were both charged with abusing a human corpse and evidence tampering in the death of their three year old daughter Rebecka Zavala.
Dominguez also is charged with two child endangerment counts.
Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz during a press conference said a neighbor called police, who found the remains in what appeared to be a five-gallon bucket of acid in a bedroom closet.
Authorities secured the area upon arriving at the home, and sent a request for assistance from the HAZMAT Unit with the Laredo Fire Department.
‘The investigative team recovered what appears to be body parts, decomposing body parts, in this bucket that was located in the bedroom closet,’ said Laredo Chief of Police Claudio Treviño during a press conference.
Gerardo Zavala-Loredo and Monica Yvonne Dominguez: A history or neglect and endangerment?
Alaniz says Dominguez told police two of her children were bathing unsupervised in their Laredo apartment about 1:30 p.m. Thursday when Rebecka drowned.
Dominguez said she asked her husband to help dispose of her body as the parents sought to cover up the death of their infant daughter.
‘We are now going to rely on the forensic evidence, the medical evidence, and evidence from an anthropologist to examine the remains of the body to determine if there are any injuries consistent with a possible homicide,’ Alaniz added KGNS.TV reported.
Four other children in the household, ranging in ages from 1 to 11, were placed in the care of Child Protective Services.
It remained unclear if there had been prior instances of neglect or endangerment and whether CPS were aware of such breaches?
A regard ofMonica Yvonne Dominguez’s previous criminal record revealed the mother having seven previous charges of injury to a child. Other charges include aggravated assault, possession of marijuana, unauthorized use of a vehicle, engaging in organized criminal activity, theft of property and driving while intoxicated.
Zavala remains in prison at Webb County Jail on a $125,000 bond while Dominguez remains jailed on a $175,000 bond.