A teenage girl has been arrested on suspicion of killing her newborn girl after the child was found wrapped in plastic and stuffed in a bathroom cabinet, the Madera County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday.
Gloria Mendoza Santos, 17, showed up Friday at an area hospital, where doctors discovered she was suffering from postpartum bleeding, the Sheriff's Department said.
Mendoza Santos is being held in Madera County Juvenile Hall on suspicion of murder. The Sheriff's Department said she is scheduled make a court appearance Thursday and will be charged as an adult. Her bail was set at $1 million.
At the hospital, Mendoza Santos denied giving birth, and because of a language barrier — she speaks Mixteco Bajo, a dialect spoken in Oaxaca, Mexico — it took doctors and deputies hours to learn where she lived.
Deputies went to a Madera home on Chapin Street near Avenue 16, where a resident allowed them to search it. When deputies found the infant, they returned to the hospital and confronted Mendoza Santos, who admitted giving birth but insisted the child was born dead.
Autopsy results show the baby was delivered alive and then killed, the Sheriff's Department said. The cause of death was not released.
Mendoza Santos, who comes from a village in Oaxaca, Mexico, arrived in Madera three days before giving birth, the Sheriff's Department said.
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