By Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - The manslaughter trial is under way this week for a mother charged with the death of her daughter, 3-year-old Aniya Zamora.

The Statesman Journal reports ( prosecutors say the toddler was throwing up for a day before being left in the water while mom Mercedes Alvarado was in the next room wearing noise-cancelling headphones.

Alvarado’s boyfriend found the girl, who died at the hospital four days after being pulled from the tub.

Clifford Nelson with the State Medical Examiner’s Office says Zamora’s death was ruled a homicide and was caused by a lack of oxygen from nearly drowning. He said the toddler had sustained severe blows to the abdomen beforehand.

Alvarado’s lawyer Suzanne Taylor said in court that jurors need to determine if a crime has been committed.


Information from: Statesman Journal,

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