ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office arrested a 25-year-old woman Wednesday in connection to the July death of her 21-month-old son.
According to the Angelina County Sheriff's Office, ACSO detectives arrested Claudia Morales on three felony counts injury to a child and felony count of manslaughter. The arrest was made after an Angelina County jury indicted Morales on the charges on Nov. 24.
The indictments were connection to the death of her son, Gitgley Medrano. On July 3, ACSO deputies responded to Morales' home off of FM 2251 and started the investigation. The child was pronounced dead later that night at CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial in Lufkin.
Morales was also arrested for second-degree injury to a child in February.
The affidavit stated that an ACSO deputy was dispatched out to CHI St. Luke's Memorial on Sept. 17, 2014 to take a report. Medical professionals told him that Morales' son, Gitgley Mederamo, appeared to be "failing to thrive" because of his weight and appearance.
When the deputy went to speak with the child's parents he was unable to do so because of a language barrier. After a translator was brought in, Morales told the deputy that her son had fallen off a bed in April 2014, causing the injury to his arm, the affidavit stated.
The affidavit also quoted the deputy's report as saying that Gitgley had sores on the bottoms of his feet. Morales allegedly told the deputy that the sores were caused by places on her floor that were "torn up."
An Angelina County Sheriff's detective took over the case on Sept. 18. He went to the hospital, where Gitgley was still being treated for his injuries. In the affidavit, the detective stated that the toddler appeared to be extremely underweight.
Later, the detective found that Gitgley was in the lower fifth percentile for his age in regard to his weight, that affidavit stated. The toddler also has a splint and a bandage wrap covering his entire right forearm and sores on the insides of both his feet.
According to the affidavit, the detective also noticed that the child's head was "extremely flat" on the back.
Using a translator, the detective spoke to Morales, and she said Gitgley fell off the bed while they were sleeping together. She said that was when her son broke his arm, the affidavit stated. Later, Morales said that Gitgley fell at a residence in Nacogdoches.
Then the ACSO detective spoke with two of Morales' relatives, who said that Morales and her son had stayed with them at their residence in Nacogdoches from April to July of 2014. According to the affidavit, Morales told them her son had fallen off then bed, but they didn't notice that he had a broken arm.
Child Protective services had been investigating allegations that Gitgley had failed to thrive at that time. Because CPS officials feared for the child's safety, the toddler was taken from Morales' custody.
In addition, the affidavit stated that medical records indicated that the injury to the toddler's arm happened more recently that April of 2014 and that Morales failed to report it or seek treatment for her son.