Aurora Township woman charged in death of 14-month-old daughter
By Matt Hanley firstname.lastname@example.org June 28, 2011 1:58PM
Updated: June 29, 2011 2:17AM
A 38-year-old Aurora Township woman has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of her young daughter.
Bail was set at $250,000 Tuesday afternoon for Gloria Gomez of the 1000 block of Bryant Street.
Police said they were called to Gomez’s home at 2:45 a.m. June 23 to investigative a 14-month-old girl who was not conscious or breathing, the Kane County sheriff’s office said.
When they arrived, Gomez was holding her daughter, Aleidy Gomez, in a beach towel, according to evidence presented at the bail hearing. The girl was unconscious and not breathing. She was taken to Provena Mercy Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, police said.
According to evidence presented Tuesday, another girl in the house told police that Gomez had found Aleidy on her back in bed, cold to the touch. Gomez asked the girl to call 911, which she did.
Police said there were no immediate signs of injury, but detectives took photos and collected blankets, baby formula and other baby items from the house.
At a bond call hearing Tuesday, it was revealed that further investigation found that the infant had red marks on her back and side. An autopsy showed lacerations to her liver and kidney; three broken ribs; hemorrhaging on her neck and throat; as well as multiple diaphragm injuries. The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to her abdomen.
Gomez later admitted to police that she hit the child numerous times in the back and neck, according to evidence presented at the hearing.
Police would not comment on why Gomez may have struck the child. She is not charged with murder, which would have indicated an intent to cause the child’s death.
Police said Gomez has been living in the Aurora area for at least a year, and at the Bryant Street address near North Aurora for about a month. She has three other children in Aurora: boys age 3, 5 and 8, police said. Kane County Detective Amy Dunn, said Gomez had five other children in Mexico — one girl and four boys. The children in Aurora have been put in foster care, police said. Aleidy’s father did not live in the house and police said they are not sure where he is.
Even if Gomez were to post bail, she would be sent to immigration enforcement.
Gomez displayed no apparent emotion Tuesday at the bail hearing. She quietly told the judge that she found occasional temporary work in landscaping and gardening. She had been getting by on assistance from her church and friends, the public defender told the judge through an interpreter.
Gomez is scheduled to be in court again July 6.