4-Year-Old Girl Dies After Mother Tapes Her Mouth Shut

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Authorities in Lexington, S.C say that a 4-year-old South Carolina girl died after her mother taped her mouth shut and left her.

The County Sheriff’s Office said on Friday that 24-year-old Cynthia Estrada-Lopez of Lexington has been charged with homicide by child abuse.

Sheriff Jay Koon says Investigators believe that the mother restrained her daughter in the child’s bed, taped her mouth and abandoned her on July 31.

When emergency workers responded later that evening, the girl was unresponsive.

The girl was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Estrada-Lopez remains in the Lexington County jail.

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