LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The judge in the Gloria Ramirez case dismissed the jury before a sentence was decided.
After three days of testimony, it took the jury about 30 minutes to find Gloria Ramirez guilty on all seven counts. Prosecutors told the court that Ramirez's oldest daughter had the biggest impact. The defense offered no excuses for Ramirez' behavior and instead asked the jury to see why this happened.
Ramirez has not been sentenced yet. She was found guilty of six counts of child endangerment and one count of injury to a child. Both are punishable by a range from probation to up to 10 years in jail.
Thursday afternoon the jury heard from a CPS investigator who told the court Ramirez loved her children but did not believe she had their best interest at heart. Testimony revealed that Ramirez was placed into CPS custody as a 12-year-old and has since been involved with CPS in some way. The investigator observed interaction between Ramirez and her husband, Anthony Moya, and described him as controlling.
The defense stressed throughout the trial that it was Moya's involvement that lead to the putrid conditions. The defense also called two members of The Worship Center who have worked with Ramirez and told the court that they've both seen a willingness to change.
Ramirez is expected to deliver her tenth child June 4th. CPS told the court that they plan on opening a new case file for the newborn based on Ramirez' history.
Anthony Moya was in the courtroom when the guilty verdict was announced. He is charged with similar counts as Ramirez. His trial date is set for later this month.
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