Police: Body of missing West Texas toddler found in caregiver's basement

Leah Marie Aguirre

Credit: Crosbyton PD

Crosbyton police released this photo of Leah Marie Aguirre, who has been missing since January 3.


by KHOU.com staff


Posted on January 10, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 10 at 7:38 PM

LUBBOCK -- The body of a Crosbyton toddler was found Thursday evening in the basement of her caregiver, according to police. 

Leah Marie Aguirre was found wrapped in a blanket, according to KAMC-TV in Lubbock.

Caretaker Matilda Alvarez was arrested and charged with capital murder. Police say their investigation continues and there may be other arrests.

A statewide Amber Alert was issued for 2-year-old Leah on Tuesday. The child disappeared on January 3. 

The caregiver reportedly told police a man named Miguel," who claimed to be a case worker from Child Protective Serivces, took the child, according to KAMC-TV.

The child's family was reportedly being investigated by CPS and they were expecting caseworkers to pick her up.

An autopsy will be performed to determine Leah's cause of death.