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Nobody was there for the children

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Last Edited: March 11, 2007, 4:11 pm

Hearing about the death of a child is always sad.  This story is even more tragic because nobody seemed to notice that an 18 month old little girl was missing.  Then the woman killed her other child.  She must have had some family, a neighbor, a friend, a mailman, a landlord - ANYONE - who would notice that something wasn't right.  Have our neighborhoods disappeared?  When I was growing up, we knew all the people on our block, even the old witch next door.  Now we don't even know their names.  Mothers murdering their own children?  I just don't understand it. Maybe it's better if I don't.

I read this on Yahoo  (From the Associated Press) 

SAN ANTONIO - The mother of two young children whose decomposing bodies were found wrapped in plastic bags beneath a house this week was arrested Saturday and charged with capital murder.

Valerie Lopez, 19, was arrested early Saturday along with her boyfriend, authorities said.

Lopez confessed to beating to death Sariyah Garcia, her 18-month-old daughter, and hiding her body beneath her home, Police Chief William McManus said. Sariyah died Christmas Eve.

Lopez told investigators she killed Sebastian Lopez, her 5-month-old son, when she accidentally rolled over him about two months later, District Attorney Susan Reed said. Lopez also hid his body under the house.

The boyfriend, Jerry Salazar, faces a charge of injury to a child by omission. He was aware Lopez was abusing her children, police said.

Police had been searching for the couple since Tuesday night when the children's bodies were found by residents of a triplex who were trying to locate the source of a foul odor they had been smelling for as long as two weeks.

Family members had little contact with Lopez since she had started living with Salazar, but friends reported seeing her looking as if she had been beaten up, her sister said.

An official at the Bexar County Jail said she did not know if Lopez had an attorney. She said Lopez's bail had been set at $10 million.

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Comments

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angelmComment by angelm - March 11, 2007, 4:11 pm
This is so sad-there are some terrible people in this world!!
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Comment by pacattack05 - March 11, 2007, 4:52 pm
So sad...
This reminds me of Susan Smith who drowned her little 2 boys. I don't care how dpressed she was, how can a mother hurt or even worse, kill her own children. I just don't get it.
I have nightmares when I accidently hit an opposum or some other animal at night that jumps out in front of my car. Thank god that only happens every 5 years or so in between. Poor animals. They're just trying to survive in a concrete world.
3.
emilygComment by emilyg - March 11, 2007, 7:15 pm
disgusting. someone should have noticed kids were gone.

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