Judge refuses to lower bail for man charged in 5-year-old’s death

Judge refuses to lower bail for man charged in 5-year-old’s death

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Now back to our big story, the Now back to our big story, the
boyfriend of a woman whose boyfriend of a woman whose
daughter was found dead in a daughter was found dead in a
closet is back before a judge closet is back before a judge
today, good morning and thank today, good morning and thank
you for joining many Sir and you for joining many Sir and
good morning on tonigh arrived good morning on tonigh arrived
police say Sierra but he knows police say Sierra but he knows
body had been there for several body had been there for several
days. days.
>>Her mother’s boyfriend>>Her mother’s boyfriend
Santiago Esparza is in custody, Santiago Esparza is in custody,
this morning. He was taken and this morning. He was taken and
not long after that little not long after that little
girl’s mother was arrested girl’s mother was arrested
Channel 2 he was in the Channel 2 he was in the
courtroom this morning were courtroom this morning were
sparse a just went before a sparse a just went before a
judge Sofia good morning. judge Sofia good morning.
>>Good morning>>Good morning
Santiago is sparse US attorney Santiago is sparse US attorney
asked the judge to reduce his asked the judge to reduce his
$100,000 bond but the judge $100,000 bond but the judge
said no because a sparse a has said no because a sparse a has
a history of child abuse and is a history of child abuse and is
considered a considered a
flight risk. Santiago a sparse flight risk. Santiago a sparse
to face the Harris County Judge to face the Harris County Judge
Monday morning in connection Monday morning in connection
with the death of 5 year-old with the death of 5 year-old
syrup Pitino. syrup Pitino.
>>He stood before the judge>>He stood before the judge
wearing a yellow County Jail wearing a yellow County Jail
suit. His attorney asked the suit. His attorney asked the
judge to reduce his $100,000 judge to reduce his $100,000
bond but prosecutors said no bond but prosecutors said no
because Esparza has a history because Esparza has a history
of child abuse. of child abuse.
He was convicted in 2009 of He was convicted in 2009 of
child abuse spending 4 years child abuse spending 4 years
behind bars also convicted of behind bars also convicted of
child endangerment in 2015 child endangerment in 2015
and prosecutors cited a number and prosecutors cited a number
of assaults on his record. of assaults on his record.
As is charged with tampering As is charged with tampering
with evidence a human corpse in with evidence a human corpse in
connection with 5 year-old connection with 5 year-old
Sierra Patino is death. Sierra Patino is death.
According to court papers the According to court papers the
mother of the little girl mother of the little girl
Priscilla Torres told Priscilla Torres told
investigators she was cooking investigators she was cooking
while a sparse a gave the girl a bath. Afterwards, the mother a bath. Afterwards, the mother
says she noticed a bump and says she noticed a bump and
burns on the girl’s head and burns on the girl’s head and
face and says the boyfriend face and says the boyfriend
told her it was quote told her it was quote
an accident. But in a channel 2 an accident. But in a channel 2
interview from behind bars interview from behind bars
Esparza says he never hurt the Esparza says he never hurt the
little girl. She had Burns on little girl. She had Burns on
her face before she died. her face before she died.
He says days later the girl’s He says days later the girl’s
mother showed him Sierras mother showed him Sierras
lifeless body in the closet. lifeless body in the closet.
And in And in
court prosecutors also said court prosecutors also said
that as far so was a known gang that as far so was a known gang
member and that he talked about member and that he talked about
fleeing to Mexico. He is still fleeing to Mexico. He is still
in jail. in jail.
>>On that $100,000 bond no

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