- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - The mother of a 3-year-old Salem girl who died after she was found face down in a bathtub in April 2013 has been indicted on a charge of second-degree manslaughter.

Mercedes Alvarado appeared in court Wednesday and was ordered held without bail. The Statesman Journal reports that her defense lawyer asked that she be granted bail because of her three children, including one infant. Judge Channing Bennett denied the request.

Investigators allege the 25-year-old woman recklessly caused the death of her daughter, Aniya Zamora.

A deputy district attorney said the child had been throwing up and was left unattended in the water while her mother was in another room with noise-canceling headphones on. The little girl was taken to a hospital and died several days later.

Authorities say Alvarado and her then-boyfriend were the only adults living in the home at the time. That man is not the child’s father.


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