Mother of missing 2-year-old says she's innocent

Published: Jan. 9, 2013 at 8:22 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 at 2:08 AM CST
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Tina Aguirre
Tina Aguirre
Leah Aguirre
Leah Aguirre

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The mother of missing 2-year-old Leah Aguirre spoke with KCBD Wednesday after being questioned by police in her daughter's disappearance.

22-year-old Tina Aguirre said it has been a crazy 24 hours after her landlord called her and said her daughter Leah was missing. She was questioned by the Slaton Police Department, F.B.I and Crosbyton Police Department for around 7 hours last night as they tried to figure out what happened to Leah.

"It was very scary. They were saying that I was going to be accused if something happened to my daughter," said Tina. "I was going to go to jail for a long time and never come back out probably. I would not see my mom or my brothers ever again."

Tina says back in September she was taking care of a sick aunt and needed help with Leah. She then let a friend in Crosbyton that she met over Facebook take Leah to temporarily care for the child while she lived with her sick aunt. It's with that friend that Leah went missing several days ago when a man named Miguel posed as a CPS worker saying he needed to take her.

The Crosby County Sheriff's office told us yesterday they were looking into reports that Tina tried to sell her daughter to someone in Mexico for $2,000.00 but she says that is 100 percent false.

"It's not true and it makes me really angry to think about people saying that I tried to sell my own daughter," she said.

While police have no solid leads, Tina believes her cousin has something to do with Leah's disappearance. "She would tell me that she was going to come and steal her away from me, and that I would never get to see her again for the rest of my life. She has a boyfriend in Mexico who she goes to see but his name is Miguel," Tina said.

When we asked investigators about the cousin, they said she has been questioned along with one of her friends named Miguel. However, they say Tina's story didn't add up.

While tips are coming in nationwide, Tina hopes someone will help bring her baby home, and says the first thing she would do is hug Leah and never let her go.

"She was happy all the time, she always liked playing with her dolls, her toys and she loved playing with me all the time," she said.

The FBI Dallas Division has confirmed that it is working with the Crosbyton Police Department and Texas Rangers to locate Leah Marie Aguirre. The public is asked to contact the FBI at 972-559-5000 or at with any information that can help locate Leah.


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