Two Charged in Hunt Co. Boy's Death

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2011  |  Updated 2:25 PM CDT
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Couple Jailed in Connection to Toddler's Death

Hunt County Sheriff

Arturo Vega, left, and Gabriela Ortiz, right, have been charged with capital murder in the death of a 2-year-old boy who died in their care.

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Couple Jailed in Connection to Toddler's Death

Two people are jailed in connection with the death of a 2-year-old boy in Hunt county.
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Two caregivers have been accused of killing a 2-year-old boy whose battered body was found in a car in North Texas.

The Hunt County Sheriff's Office says capital murder charges were filed Tuesday against 23-year-old Arturo Vega and 22-year-old Gabriela Ortiz, both of Campbell.

Capt. Lana Adams says Vega and Ortiz, who's a cousin to the victim, face arraignment and did not yet have attorneys. They are being held in the Hunt County detention center, bond was set at $2 million each. 

The body of Brandon Herrera was located following a 911 call, allegedly from Vega and Ortiz, to say the boy stopped breathing Sunday as they drove him to a hospital.

Investigators say the toddler suffered blunt force trauma and apparently had been dead for some time. No information was released on a possible motive.

The sheriff's office has been in contact with the boy's father.

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