Houston mother charged with injury to a child, tampering with evidence

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by KHOU.com staff

kvue.com

Posted on June 29, 2013 at 6:31 PM

HOUSTON – New charges were filed against a Houston mother whose 3-year-old daughter disappeared last year and is now believed to be dead.

Sabrina Maria Deleon appeared in probable cause court Saturday afternoon, and is now charged with injury to a child and tampering with evidence, her child’s body, court records state.

The mother was already being held in the Harris County jail on a charge of child endangerment stemming from an incident involving her 6-year-old child.

The investigation began in April when Deleon was involved in a car accident. Deleon was suspected of driving under the influence, while her 6-year-old was present in the vehicle.

An investigator with CPS who was assigned to Deleon’s case began questioning the mother on the whereabouts of her 3-year-old, Lee-onna Ramirez, and discovered that the child was missing.

According to KHOU’s sources, Deleon told investigators several different stories about what happened to the little girl.

“In talking to mom, the worker became concerned that the mom’s explanation of where the 3-year-old was not ringing true,” said Gwen Carter with CPS.

A judge granted a request to have Deleon’s 6-year-old child removed from her custody after CPS called for an emergency hearing Friday morning.

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