LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Anthony Moya avoided trial and pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of injury to a child and six counts of child endangerment. Moya faced similar counts that his wife, Gloria Ramirez was found guilty on during her trial nearly two weeks ago. He pleaded guilty to two counts of injury to a child while Ramirez was only convicted of one similar count.
It was Moya who called a Lubbock funeral home inquiring about a tiny casket for a miscarried fetus. That phone call prompted the Lubbock Police Department to conduct a welfare check. The house Moya and his wife lived in with their seven children was filthy. The two bedroom home was full of dirty diapers and trash was everywhere including inside the washing machine. Moya's 11 year old step-daughter testified against her mother and prosecutors say that was the main reason behind accepting Moya's guilty plea.
"She did a marvelous job, but it's extremely difficult when it's a parent or step parent you must testify against and re-live the pictures and what went on inside that house. It's very important to us that she not have to do it again," says Prosecutor Jennifer Bassett with the Lubbock District Attorney's Office. Bassett says the maximum sentences Moya and Ramirez received were clearly appropriate for both defendants.
Ramirez is currently serving 10 years. Moya received eight years in prison for each count of injury to a child and two years in state jail for each endangerment count. He will serve his time concurrently.
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