A capital murder indictment has been handed down by the Collin County Grand Jury in the death of 1-year-old Mailee Bautista.
The grand jury indicted Mailee’s father Adrian Rafael Bautista, 23, Thursday, April 11 for capital murder of a person under 10 years of age.
If convicted, Bautista is eligible for the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Mailee died Nov. 6, 2018. In the arrest affidavit, the toddler suffered blunt-force trauma to her head, had six displaced rib fractures in the back, not from CPR, and four tongue lacerations according to the Medical Examiner.
“The body also had bruising consistent with fingers being pressed against the head in a forceful manner.
The force to the head is consistent with the child being slammed against something. As a result of the impact the death would have been instant,” the affidavit states.
According to the Medical Examiner, injuries of this type are not reckless in nature and are intentional acts.
During the course of interviews, Bautista admitted to being the only person in the room with his daughter and had last contact with her, the affidavit states.
Bautista has remained in the Collin County Detention Facility on a $1 million bond since he was jailed last year.
The Farmersville Police Department has assisted with the case, which was turned over to the Crimes Against Children Division of the Collin County Sheriff’s Office.
The Times will offer in-depth coverage of this case when it goes to trial.
By Wyndi Veigel • News Editor • [email protected]
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