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Almaraz: 'Cocaine, stress, financial issues' led to violence against Baby Leah

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Matilda Almaraz (Source: Garza County Sheriff's Office) Matilda Almaraz (Source: Garza County Sheriff's Office)
Leah Marie Aguirre was 2 years old Leah Marie Aguirre was 2 years old
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Newly released documents are providing answers to questions many have asked since the January death of Crosbyton toddler Leah Marie Aguirre, 2.

Aguirre's caregiver, Matilda Almaraz, 43, pleaded guilty to her murder on Wednesday and a judge sentenced her to life in prison.

"Cocaine...stress...financial issues...and arguments with her husband" those are the factors that Matilda Almaraz says led her to kill the toddler.

 "I began to lose my patience and began to beat the child," Almaraz claimed in the "Stipulation of Evidence" report released to KCBD.

Almaraz says she covered the bruises with long-sleeved shirts and long pants.

Then, on January 3rd, Almaraz claimed a man going by the name of Miguel posed as a CPS worker and took Leah. But seven days later, FBI agents found baby Leah's body in Almaraz's basement wrapped in plastic and they say intentionally hidden.

Now, almost a year later, Almaraz says what really happened.

She confessed to using cocaine on New Year's Eve. The next day, she says she gave baby Leah a bath. When Leah began to cry, Almaraz says she struck the toddler on the head with a board.

Almaraz says Leah became lethargic but she just dressed her and put her to bed.

When she went to check on her she found Leah dead.

Almaraz goes on to admit that she hid the body in a beer box in the basement.

The report does not show Almaraz expressing any sort of remorse, but Crosby County District Attorney Michael ward says she cried during her guilty plea.

Almaraz is currently at the Garza County Jail. She will be eligible for parole after 30 years. Ward says there could be more arrests in this case.

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