Murder Charge Dropped Against Woman in Newborn’s Death: Addison Police

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Authorities have dropped capital murder charges against a North Texas woman whose newborn child was found dead in an employee locker room at the hotel where she works, saying they cannot prove that the baby was alive when it was delivered.

In a statement Wednesday evening, police said the Collin County medical examiner determined after an autopsy he cannot prove the baby was alive when it was delivered.

"The medical examiner told police that certain microscopic data will be looked at by a specialist, and some toxicology tests will be done; however, he believes the chance of anything causing him to revise his opinion is very remote," police said in a statement Wednesday night.

Therefore, there is not a valid capital murder charge that can be filed in the case, the Dallas County District Attorney’s office told investigators.

Should new evidence be found that shows the child was born alive, the capital murder case can be refiled, police said.

Paramedics were called Sunday to the Hotel Intercontinental at 15201 Dallas Parkway after an employee reported another employee was giving birth in the basement, specifically the woman's employee locker room, according to an arrest warrant.

Paramedics arrived and found a woman, identified by police as 25-year-old Luz Aurora Granados-Reyes, sitting on the toilet with an umbilical cord still attached. The infant, police said in the warrant, was underneath Grandados-Reyes, completely submerged.

Investigators said paramedics performed CPR on the baby and transported both the baby and the mother to Texas Presbyterian Health Hospital in Dallas. Upon arrival, a doctor pronounced the infant, estimated to be between 30 and 32 weeks in gestation, dead.

Granados-Reyes was booked into the Lew Sterret Justice Center Wednesday morning on $500,000 bond.

The Dallas County Sheriff's Office has now been notified that the arrest warrant was recalled, and Granados-Reyes could be released.

Telemundo 39 reached out the woman's family Wednesday, but a sign on the door at the family's home said "no comment" and referred the media to their attorney.  At this time, neither NBC 5 nor Telemundo 39 have received a statement from Granados-Reyes' attorney.

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