Collin Co. prosecutors won't seek death penalty in toddler's murder

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by CARLA WADE

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WFAA

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 27 at 1:15 PM

COLLIN COUNTY -- The Collin County District Attorney's Office has decided to not seek the death penalty in the murder case of a toddler.

Melinda Muniz, the former fiancee of the child's father, is accused of suffocating 2-year-old Grace Ford and covering her mouth with duct tape in January. 

Police said Muniz was caring for the child in the apartment she shared with the little girl's father, Mitch Ford. The two were reportedly in the process of breaking up.

The two sides in the case met Friday to determine several matters, including a possible change in the trial date.

Sources told News 8 that Grace's mother, Emily Reeves, was told the district attorney would not seek the death penalty because Muniz is only 25 years old. 

A spokesperson said prosecutors looked at a number of factors in making that decision, but would not go into detail or comment on any specifics of the case. 

Muniz remains in jail. Her attorney, Robbie McLung, said in a phone message the decision was appropriate based on the evidence in the case and that they are looking forward to a trial.

E-mail: cwade@wfaa.com

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