Wednesday, August 02, 2000

Teen mom may be tried as adult

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — The teen-age mother of 11-week-old Maria Guadalupe Gomez Silva at first was hysterical when the baby stopped breathing June 9, but later the young mother became “very calm, very cool and very nonchalant about the whole thing,” Hamilton Police Officer Mel Gray said.

        Officer Gray testified Tuesday in Butler County Juvenile Court during the first part of a hearing to help Judge David Niehaus decide whether the baby's 16-year-old mother should be tried as an adult. She has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, permitting child abuse and two counts of child endangering.

        Her boyfriend, Ramon Gomez Silva, who fathered the child, was indicted July 19 on charges of murder, involuntary manslaughter, two counts of felonious assault and two counts of child endangering.

        The hearing involving the baby's mother will resume Thursday; a Hamilton County pathologist who performed the post-mortem examination on the baby is scheduled to testify.


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