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.