Mom of toddler whose body was found in bucket of acid sentenced to 10 years in prison

A Texas mother whose 2-year-old daughter's remains were found in a bucket filled with acid is heading to prison on a probation violation.

According to the Laredo Morning Times, Texas District Judge Oscar Hale Jr. sentenced Monica Yvonne Dominguez, 37, of Laredo, to 10 years in prison Friday for violating the terms of her 2016 probation.

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That year, Dominguez was sentenced to 10 years' probation after she pleaded guilty to two counts of child injury in a 2015 incident involving her then-9-month-old son. One condition of her probation was that she not commit any crimes, the Morning Times reported.

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In February 2019, Dominguez and her husband, Gerardo Zavala-Loredo, were arrested on charges of tampering with evidence and abusing a corpse. Authorities also charged Dominguez with two counts of endangering a child, the AP reported.

Dominguez said her daughter, Rebecka, drowned in the tub Feb. 14 while bathing with another child, according to prosecutors. Dominguez said the children were unsupervised at the time, authorities said.

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Prosecutors said Dominguez sought Zavala-Loredo's help to dispose of the girl's remains, which police found in a bucket inside a closet, the AP reported.

If she is found guilty of tampering with evidence, Dominguez could face another decade-long prison sentence, plus two years each for the other counts, the Morning Times reported.

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– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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