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Family, friends, loved ones mourn the loss of baby Leah


Family, friends, and loved ones are grieving over the loss of 2-year-old Leah Marie Aguirre, found dead yesterday in the basement of her caregiver's home.

42-year-old Matilda Almaraz has been charged with capital murder.

Police say Almaraz told them a man posing as a CPS worker took the toddler from her home last Thursday.

The whole community of Crosbyton is still in shock that this happened in their own backyard.

Sandy Wallace went to church with Matilda Almaraz. She says Matilda and her husband David were baptized at the First Baptist Church in Crosbyton just a few months ago.

"It's shocking to everyone in the community. That's the consensus within the town, on Facebook, people's profiles. It's a shock to our small community," Wallace said.

Wallace said up until the Wednesday before Christmas, Almaraz had been going to bible studies with her every week.

"She was in there with Leah. Leah was cradled in her lap next to us in bible study. We were, ironically, studying the book of Revelation and the evil and the second coming and how as Christians we prepare for that," Wallace said.  

Wallace says she never noticed anything peculiar in the way Almaraz treated little Leah, making this story even more unthinkable.

"She actually ended up falling asleep in her lap, which tells me she trusted her and she felt safe in her arms," Wallace said.

"People have the understanding that in a small town everyone knows everybody and we all know what's going on and we don't, I mean you just don't," Wallace said.

Chief of Crosbyton Police Greg Parrott says the autopsy has been completed but the cause of death has not yet been determined.  No other arrests have been made at this time.

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