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Two arrested in 2-year-old's death, Austin police say

Austin police received the call on Feb. 15. The child died at a local hospital three days later.

AUSTIN, Texas — Two people have been arrested in connection with a 2-year-old's death earlier this year, according to the Austin Police Department

Police said at approximately 6:06 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 15, Austin 911 received a call from a resident in the 7000 block of Tonka Lane reporting that a baby was seizing and struggling to breathe.

Austin-Travis County EMS and Austin Fire Department crews arrived on the scene to begin providing care to the child. The child was taken to a local hospital where they died late in the afternoon on Thursday, Feb. 18.

Police said based on information provided by hospital staff, the APD Child Abuse Unit began investigating the matter on Tuesday, Feb. 16. 

The Travis County Medical Examiner ruled that the cause of death was blunt force trauma and the manner was homicide. Based on this evidence, abuse detectives consulted with the district attorney's office and decided that both caretakers would be charged with injury to a child (serious bodily injury), a first-degree felony, with a $150,000 bond.

Credit: Austin Police Department
Bernadette Brook Hernandez and Ramiro Jason Recio

Bernadette Brook Hernandez, 37, and Ramiro Jason Recio, 33, were arrested on June 17 by the Lonestar Fugitive Task Force.

The deceased has been identified as Isabella Rios. Police said the original call came in from the child's legal guardian.

Anyone with more information about this case is asked to contact police. Tips can be submitted anonymously and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.


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