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Crosbyton woman indicted for murder of Baby Leah

Matilda Almaraz (Source: Garza County Sheriff's Office) Matilda Almaraz (Source: Garza County Sheriff's Office)
Leah Aguirre (Photos provided by family friend)) Leah Aguirre (Photos provided by family friend))
CROSBYTON, TX (KCBD) -

Crosbyton woman Matilda Almaraz, 42, was indicted this week after she was arrested for capital murder in January for the death of 2-year-old Leah Marie Aguirre. 

The FBI discovered Baby Leah's body wrapped in plastic inside a box in Almaraz' basement. Almaraz was Leah's temporary caregiver at the time, and was also the one who reported her missing.

The indictment claims Almaraz intentionally or knowingly caused the death of Leah Aguirre. It says Leah's death was caused by being struck on the head and body, either with hands, feet, some sort of object or by shaking her.  

Almaraz told police that a man by the name Miguel posed as a CPS worker and took Leah from her home on January 3rd. Nearly a week passed before Almaraz reported the child missing to police, on January 8th. The indictment claims Leah's death happened on or around January 2nd.

Leah's mother, Tina Aguirre, had given Almaraz temporary custody of her daughter in September of 2012. Tina said she only knew Almaraz through a Facebook friend and she rarely saw Leah after that.

After officials questioned Almaraz for a full day in January, she was arrested and charged with capital murder. She could face the death penalty if she is convicted.

The Crosbyton District Attorney said no other arrests have been made and no trial date has been set.

Almaraz's bond is set at one million dollars.

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