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Dallas woman charged with capital murder in death of newborn baby

by | Feb 21, 2020

By Dave Andrusko

On Thursday, Jazmin Lopez, a 19-year-old Dallas woman, was indicted on a capital murder charge after having come forward to admit she was the mother of an infant found buried in a flower pot in a cemetery almost a year ago.

“The child was determined to be 34 weeks to full term and to have weighed just under six pounds,” The Dallas Morning News reported. The cemetery caretaker, thinking the flowerpot had been abandoned, emptied it. “Inside, he found the remains of the baby and alerted the Carrollton Police Department,” Mark Lugris reported.

The Dallas Morning News [which included “trigger warning: child death” at the beginning of its online story] reported that Lopez is free on a $250,000 bond while she awaits trial. She is also charged with tampering with evidence, a Carrollton police spokesman confirmed.

 Lugris’ extensive account provides much background.

Lopez told police she had given birth to the baby girl on February 4 in her home in Far North Dallas, according to an affidavit. She said the infant, whom she named Kailen, stopped breathing shortly after birth. She later changed her story after investigators discovered evidence on her phone that she wanted to have an abortion, according to an affidavit.

Afterward, Lopez, who had kept her pregnancy from her family, said she had delivered the baby alone in her bathroom and tried to keep the newborn quiet while she cleaned up. She then hid the baby in a closet while she ate breakfast and then put her in a backpack when a friend picked her up, an affidavit stated.

After realizing the baby had died, she drove with her friend to Home Depot to buy a flowerpot and flowers. The following day, she buried the baby in the flowerpot and left it between two headstones at Perry Cemetery, according to an affidavit. The flowerpot went unnoticed for more than a month before the child was found. The baby, who still had her umbilical cord attached, showed no signs of injury or trauma, according to an autopsy report.

The local NBC affiliate reported that Lopez ‘came forward to police late last March after seeing news coverage that her child had been found by a caretaker at Perry Cemetery in Carrollton earlier that month.”

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