Court date delayed for dead baby's mother

February 15, 2011 10:26:33 AM PST
Three years ago she claimed she had a miscarriage, but Houston police say in reality Claudia Cortez strangled the infant and tried to hide it in a closet. Cortez is charged with capital murder and her trial was expected to begin today. Cortez was supposed to be in court Monday and then again Tuesday, but we've just learned her case has now been reset for next week. Both sides have asked for more time to review the evidence in the case.

Cortez is accused of giving birth to a baby girl and then going to the hospital claiming that she had a miscarriage. Police found the baby's body in a plastic bag in a closet at the mother's home.

The infant had a pair of women's underwear wrapped around her neck. An autopsy showed the baby died of asphyxiation.

Cortez, we're told, is here illegally from El Salvador. She was about 24 years old when this happened. She is now 27. Her case has been reset for next Tuesday in the 209th District Court.