Wednesday, June 21, 2000

Decision on trial of teen delayed

By Steve Kemme
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — It will be another month before a judge determines whether the 16-year-old girl whose infant allegedly died from repeated physical abuse will be tried as an adult.

        The baby's mother, whom the Enquirer is not identifying because she is a juvenile, appeared at a hearing Tuesday in Butler County Juvenile Court.

        But at the request of Assistant Prosecutor Kathy Romans, Judge David Niehaus postponed the hearing until July 20 because authorities are considering filing murder charges against the girl and the baby's father, Ramon Zilua-Gomez.

        The judge will decide at the hearing whether the mother's case will stay in juvenile court.

        Mr. Zilua-Gomez, 21, of Hamilton, has been charged with felonious assault and child endangering. The mother faces the same charges in the juvenile court system. Those charges were filed two days before the death of their 11-week-old daughter, Maria Zilua- Gomez.

        The infant died June 12 when life support was removed at Children's Hospital Medical Center. Three days earlier, the baby's mother and a neighbor had taken the baby to a Hamilton hospital when she stopped breathing.

        The baby had suffered two skull fractures, 22 rib fractures, two broken legs, a broken collarbone and numerous bruises, police said.


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