Lack of food, medical care led to girl’s death

Her parents are charged with murder

BEND, Ore. (AP) – Central Oregon authorities say a lack of food and medical attention contributed to the death of a 5-year-old girl whose parents face charges.

The Bulletin reports that 33-year-old Estevan Garcia and 31-year-old Sacora Horn-Garcia of Redmond appeared in court Friday and are charged with murder, manslaughter and criminal mistreatment.

A judge ordered them held without bail. Garcia is the girl’s father and Horn-Garcia her stepmother.

Officials say paramedics responding to a 9-1-1 call on Dec. 21 found the girl unconscious and not breathing. She was pronounced dead at a Redmond hospital.

The attorneys representing the couple declined to discuss the case Friday, and a judge later imposed a gag order.