Mom, 16, to be tried as adult in dead baby case

January 9, 2010 12:43:31 PM PST
The teenage mother of a bruised and malnourished baby found dead outside a San Antonio fire station last year will be tried as an adult. Juvenile court Judge Carmen Kelsey ruled Friday that 16-year-old Julie Navejar will face a second-degree felony charge of injury to a child by omission. If convicted, Navejar faces up to 20 years in prison.

Her bond was set Friday at $100,000.

Defense attorney Raymond De Leon says his client did not seek immediate help for 7-week-old Jayda De La Rosa because Navejar was poor and unsophisticated.

Navejar's 18-year-old boyfriend remains jailed and awaits trial on a charge of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury.

Jayda was found dead in September outside a fire station. She weighed just 4.5 pounds.


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