Marcie Montelongo, Gilroy, California mother charged with drowning her two year old toddler daughter. Arrest follows previous child neglect investigation.
A California mother has been arrested after calling cops to ‘admit’ drowning her 2-year-old daughter, whose lifeless body was found in a bathtub.
Marcie Montelongo, 35 and from Gilroy, CA, called the Gilroy Police Department around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, telling cops she’d drowned her young child in a bathtub at her home.
When police arrived, they found the lifeless toddler in a bathtub filled with water. She was pronounced dead at the hospital. Officers found Montelongo about a mile from her home where she again told authorities she had killed her daughter. She was arrested on suspicion of murder and held without bail, Fox 11 Los Angeles reports.
The child’s death comes after Montelongo being investigated by San Benito County’s children and family services last September for possible neglect of her child, a Santa Clara County official said Tuesday.
The finding of the San Benito probe in September 2018 was inconclusive, said Kayla Cushing, a spokeswoman for Santa Clara County’s social services agency. Montelongo did not have any reported incidents with Santa Clara County’s department of family and children services, she said.
‘Im a single mom something i will never trade in for the world Mackenzie names means chosen by God.’
Neighbors in Montelongo’s apartment complex said the family had moved in two months ago. Leon and Julie Clinton said they never suspected anything out of the ordinary from Montelongo, who they said usually kept to herself. At times, they’d hear the child playing behind closed doors.
‘Obviously we were shook, we are shook, it’s demonic,’ said Leon Clinton.
‘This is the nicest community that I have lived in personally, when you live in a nice gated community you think that can’t happen here,’ said another neighbor, Jane Tovar.
A regard of Montelongo’s Facebook page revealed the following description, ‘Im a single mom something i will never trade in for the world Mackenzie names means chosen by God.’
The coroner’s office has not yet released the identity of the toddler. Montelongo is due in court Wednesday where she was expected to be charged with murder.
Montelongo remained held at Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose, without bail.
Not immediately clear is what led to the woman killing her baby daughter.