Nephiterea Sancho, a 36-year-old Texas mother, has been charged with capital murder in connection with the death of her 6-year-old daughter, Hosanna Sancho. According to reports from NBC News 4 San Antonio, KSAT.com, KENS 5 CBS, and CBS Austin, police discovered Nephiterea running around naked at the scene when they arrived at Frontera Crossing Apartments in San Antonio.
The incident unfolded when authorities responded to a disturbance call at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Upon arrival, they found Hosanna unresponsive with an apparent upper-body injury. While the exact cause of her death remains unknown, Sgt. Washington Moscoso clarified that there was no gunshot involved, stating, “The child did die from trauma to the body, just not a gunshot wound.”
Nephiterea, who has a history of severe mental illness, was identified as the unclothed woman at the scene and was subsequently arrested. Reports indicate that she has previously been arrested and charged for injuries to children, leading to her spending time in mental health facilities.
As of now, Nephiterea is being held on a $1 million bond, and it is unclear whether she has entered a plea or retained legal representation.
Hosanna’s family shared that the 6-year-old was musically inclined, playing the violin, and harbored aspirations of becoming a cheerleader. Describing her love for swimming and the water, the family expressed deep sadness that she never got to experience riding the school bus for the first time, a dream she had cherished.
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