HOUSTON – New charges were filed against a Houston woman whose 3-year-old daughter disappeared last year and is now believed to be dead.
Sabrina Maria Deleon appeared in probable cause court Saturday afternoon, and is now charged with injury to a child and tampering with evidence, her child’s body, court records state.
The mother was already being held in the Harris County jail on a charge of child endangerment stemming from an incident involving her 6-year-old child.
During the hearing, investigators said they had received information from an acquaintance of Deleon’s, who said the mother admitted that she threw her baby, 3-year-old Lee-onna Ramirez, in the trash after she died.
The acquaintance also told investigators that Deleon wrapped her child up in a blanket, put her in the trash can and put her body out with the garbage.
Deleon is being held on nearly $500,000 bond.
The investigation began in April when Deleon was involved in a car accident. Deleon was suspected of driving under the influence, while her 6-year-old was present in the vehicle.
An investigator with CPS who was assigned to Deleon’s case began questioning the mother on the whereabouts of her other child, Lee-onna, and discovered that the girl was missing.
According to KHOU’s sources, Deleon told investigators several different stories about what happened to the little girl.
“In talking to mom, the worker became concerned that the mom’s explanation of where the 3-year-old was not ringing true,” said Gwen Carter with CPS.
A judge granted a request to have Deleon’s 6-year-old child removed from her custody after CPS called for an emergency hearing Friday morning.