IRVING - Police in Irving said they have charged an Irving ISD custodian with capital murder in the death of an infant allegedly conceived during a rape of a minor.
Mauricio Hernandez, 51, was first booked on an aggravated sexual assault charge earlier in the week. The charge was upgraded as police continued their investigation into the death of a newborn discovered on April 20, read a statement released Friday by John Argumaniz, an Irving Police Department spokesman.
The incident began when a 14-year-old female was taken to an Irving hospital with severe bleeding. According to the statement, the woman told hospital employees she was impregnated during a sexual assault. She also told employees she had given birth to a baby at a soccer complex in Irving. Police were contacted and the baby was found a short time later and pronounced dead.
In an ensuing investigation, police confirmed the victim's accusations and linked Hernandez to the crime, Argumaniz said. In an attempt to terminate the baby, Hernandez allegedly gave the minor pills to induce an early labor and birth.
Police did not reveal how far along the victim was when she gave birth. However, they said the suspect knew the infant was alive after the teen gave birth and made no attempts to help the newborn.
Hernandez is being held without bail at the Irving Jail. He was also suspended from his job and placed on administrative leave.