Jessica Briones, 34, pictured in her mug shot, faces charges of intentional injury to a child in the death of her four-year-old daughter
A Texas mother has been arrested on charges related to the death of her four-year-old daughter after she allegedly didn’t call 911 because her cell phone was ‘low on minutes.’
Jessica Briones, 34, walked into the San Antonio police substation on September 5, carrying her unresponsive daughter Olivia.
The toddler had injuries on her head, face and arms, according to My San Antonio.
Olivia was immediately taken to University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead the following day.
Briones is accused of causing her daughter Olivia serious bodily injury.
Briones allegedly told investigators that she didn’t call 911 because she couldn’t find her cell phone and was ‘low on minutes.’
Briones walked into the police substation (pictured above) on September 5, carrying her unresponsive daughter Olivia. The toddler was pronounced dead at the hospital the next day
Doctors at the hospital found that Olivia’s injuries – brain swelling and multiple bleeding sites inside her head – were severe and consistent with a blow to the head, according to a report.
The medical examiner’s office determined that the little girl had eight scars on her scalp, a black eye, a swollen nose, a deflated lung, a swollen wrist, a fractured vertebrae, a large abrasion on the back of her head, a bruised ankle and the tissue in her upper lip was detached from her gums. Both of the child’s arms were also swollen.
The cause of death is still pending, according to the medical examiner’s office.
The mother allegedly told investigators that a few days before Olivia died, she would often fall and hit her head. That morning she was vomiting and would not wake up.
Briones also allegedly said that she accidentally slammed the girl’s arm in a door.
She told investigators that she wasn’t sure how the toddler got such serious injuries.
Briones faces a charge of intentional injury to a child and could spend up to 99 years in prison if convicted.
The district attorney’s office said the charges against her could be upgraded depending on Olivia’s cause of death.
She is currently being held on $25,000 bail.