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Texas toddler's remains found in bucket of acid, police say

Posted at 6:14 AM, Feb 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-20 08:14:20-05

LAREDO, TX — A Texas couple is accused of trying to dispose of a toddler’s body by placing it in acid in a closet.

A neighbor reportedly alerted police to the incident, asking for a welfare check at the apartment residence.

Laredo Police said in a press conference last week that officials discovered what’s believed to be body parts of a small child inside a 5-gallon plastic container. Also inside that container was some type of acid, police said.

Investigators believe the body belongs to a 3-year-old girl who lived at the home.

The parents, 37-year-old Monica Dominguez and 32-year-old Gerardo Zavala Loredo, are reportedly charged with tampering with evidence, endangerment of a child and abuse of a corpse.

The parents reportedly told officials that the girl drowned while bathing unsupervised.

Dominguez made statements leading officials to believe that she asked Loredo to help her dispose of the toddler's body.

Four other children in the home were put in the care of child services amid the investigation.

The investigation is still underway and police say they would look closely at the remains to see if there is any evidence of injury or homicide.

According to Newsweek, Dominguez was still in jail and an "immigration hold" was placed on Loredo.