A Texas couple was arrested over the weekend in connection with the disappearance of their infant son, who they presumed dead. Zachary De La Rosa and Susanne Pierce to be arrested and charged with one count of each count of causing bodily injury to a child, a second-degree felony, profile reviewed of the Law & Crime program.
Pierce is also facing an additional charge of abusing a corpse after she reported to investigators that she took the baby’s body and went “all over town” with it, KVEO affiliate KVEO -TV of Brownsville NBC report. According to reports, she took the dead baby to the “cemetery” and to the Old Causeway – presumably near Port Isabel – to “see dolphins and pelicans”.
According to a Press Release, an individual on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 went to the Cameron County office Constable Precinct 1 and reported that they were concerned for the welfare of an infant born to a couple living in the Village. Long Island. Police say the individual added that the couple provided alarmingly conflicting stories regarding the child’s well-being.
According to the probable cause affidavit obtained by KVEO, the individual concerned learned about Pierce’s pregnancy several months ago. However, De La Rosa contacted the individual last week and asked if the person could return the children’s clothing to Walmart to him, the affidavit said. When the person asked why she had to get her clothes back, De La Rosa said Pierce had miscarried.
Sheriff’s office investigators reviewed the child’s welfare and reportedly interviewed a woman believed to be close to De La Rosa and Pierce. The woman, apparently unaware Pierce was pregnant, said De La Rosa at around noon on March 8 called her in “panic”. De La Rosa newspaper reported that Pierce was about to have a baby. This woman told De La Rosa several times that he and Pierce needed to get to the hospital before the call ended.
De La Rosa called the woman back later that evening and said Pierce had given birth to a baby boy, the affidavit said. The woman then bought clothes for the child and went to the couple’s home, which court records say is located in the 200 block of Conche Street in the village of Long Island, Texas, just southeast of Port Isabel. While there, the woman told police that she saw the baby alive and well while he was being fed by Pierce. Pierce allegedly told the woman that the baby’s name was Michael.
The next day, the woman asked De La Rosa about the baby. He was said to be evasive but ended up sending a photo of the child anyway. However, hours later, De La Rosa is said to have written the woman a Facebook message saying their boy was dead.
After several unsuccessful attempts to contact the couple, the officers went to the defendant’s home and inquired about a baby named “Michael”. They allegedly said they didn’t know anyone named Michael. According to reports, Constables saw De La Rosa later in the day and showed him a photo of the child provided to them by the woman who had previously seen the child. De La Rosa was later said to have confirmed the child’s existence, but said his name was “Malaki,” according to the affidavit.
De La Rosa is said to have told investigators the child had stopped breathing last week. He allegedly said that he performed CPR unsuccessfully for two hours before losing consciousness; when he woke up, he said Pierce and the child’s remains were gone.
When investigators contacted Pierce, she allegedly told them about carrying the child’s body around town.
“Pierce said she carried the child in a blue blanket and left it under her shirt when she got stuck in the mud and passed out,” KVEO reported. “She said when she woke up, the water started to rise and the baby was no longer with her.”
The Brownsville Herald report that law enforcement agencies used drones to search for the baby’s body, but the paper noted that coyotes may have taken the remains.
Constant Norman Esquivel Jr. “We’re going to be sending a drone up into the air to see if we can get some aerial footage of the area that we know last about where the child might be,” said. ,” Constable Norman Esquivel Jr. said.
De La Rosa and Pierce are currently being held at the Cameron County Jail for $70,000 and $60,000 respectively, based on police Office.
A record section in the Cameron County court system did not respond to Law & Crime requests for copies of case documents.
[image via Cameron County Constable Precinct 1]
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https://lawandcrime.com/crime/texas-mother-said-she-brought-dead-newborn-all-over-town-to-see-the-dolphins-and-pelicans-before-passing-out-in-the-mud-police/ Zachary De La Rosa and Susanne Pierce charged for the disappearance of the baby