An Irving ISD custodian is in custody for allegedly impregnating a 14-year-old girl and giving her pills that aborted the fetus.
Mauricio Hernandez is charged with aggravated sexual assault and is being held at the Irving Jail. Hernandez, 51, has been suspended and placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation, said Irving Independent School District spokesman Billy Rudolph in a statement.
According to Irving PD spokesman John Argumaniz, police were alerted to the situation when the girl was taken to the hospital because she was bleeding. While receiving care, she cried out about the sexual assault and said she was pregnant and had given birth to a baby.
Hospital officials called Irving police, which triggered the investigation. Argumaniz said the child was found dead a short time later. He would not comment further about where the baby was found, citing the victim's age and the ongoing investigation.
Authorities discovered that Hernandez gave the victim pills that caused her to deliver "a child that died shortly after birth," Argumaniz wrote in an e-mail.
Hernandez may face additional charges pending the outcome of the investigation, he added.
Irving Independent School District superintendent Dr. Dana T. Bedden issued a statement about the incident, saying the district believes no other students are in danger.
"Irving ISD is working in full cooperation with the Irving Police Department regarding the recent arrest of one of our employees. As per district procedure this employee has been placed on administrative leave. Preliminary information from IPD, indicates that no other students have been identified as being at risk or involved in this incident. Given that this is an active police investigation and a personnel matter, we will not be able to discuss any other details at this time. Any other questions regarding this issue should be directed to the Irving Police Department.”