LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office arrested a 25-year-old woman Wednesday after a grand jury indicted her in connection to the Oct. 12, 2013 drowning death of her 20-month daughter.
Crystal Rodriguez, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a second-degree felony capias injury to a child causing serious bodily injury charge and a third-degree felony endangering a child-criminal negligence charge. Her bail amount has been set at $100,000 for the injury to a child charge.
According to the text of the indictment, Rodriguez caused serious bodily injury to Amarie Rodriguez, her daughter, because she fell asleep and failed to supervise the toddler correctly. The second charges stems from the fact that 2-year-old Ayden Bentley almost drowned in the same incident.
Amarie and Ayden were both found floating in a private pool at a home in the 2000 block of Allentown Loop on Oct. 12, 2013, according to Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches. Sanches said Caleb Bentley, who is Ayden's father, called 911 just before 11 p.m. that night.
'The kids got out of their parents' sight, and Ayden's father, Caleb Bentley, discovered them," Sanches said. 'It's undetermined how long the kids were in the pool."
Both children were taken to a Lufkin hospital later airlifted by helicopter to a Houston hospital. Amarie died at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, according to hospital officials. Ayden survived.
According to Angelina County detectives no charges are pending for Bentley and the case is still open.
Amarie's great aunt, Donna Sanders Jaquette, said in October 2013 that the baby's family has been devastated by Amarie's loss. Jaquette said Amarie's mother has decided to donate her baby's organs, so that other children will have a chance to live.
The case was investigated by the Angelina County Sheriff's Office and Child Protective Services.