Woman charged with murdering daughter, 3, held without bail

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A woman accused of murdering her 3-year-old daughter is being held without bail.

Maria Espinoza-Perez, 24, is accused of killing Ashley Mendoza.

In court Wednesday, prosecutors alleged that Espinoza-Perez beat her daughter so badly that police found suspected blood spatter on the child’s teddy bear. 

The girl was found dead at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday at her home in the 3300 block of North Natchez Avenue.

Authorities say her body was covered with blood, and had injuries to her head and body.

Initially Espinoza-Perez told police that someone had broken into the house. 

According to Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Mack, she later told police in videotaped statements that she made up the home invasions, cleaned up Ashley’s blood and caused some of her injuries. 

The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report.


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  • Margarita

    What is wrong with these young girl they to quik to get pregnant but cant raise them…at lease give tem to people,that cant have babys..dont know what gose threw there mind why kill these beautiful angel they dont know any better…now she wil be lick up for life plenty. Of time to suffer. F poo r what she did..Got bless the angel Ashley no more suffering. Your in gd hands now..may u rest in peace..

    • proof reader

      Quick………can't……at least…….them….can't……babies…….don't…….goes……through….their….locked….God…..you….

      I totally agree,but your spelling and punctuation is beyond horrible

    • Ndb

      The bible explains exactly why at 2 Timothy 3:3,there it mentions "no natural affection" among the other things that are prevelant in our world today.

      • hyster-i-cal

        But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, …without self-control.. lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. Have nothing to do with such people.

  • Tone

    It's called repressed anger and deep severe depression. The problem is our society doesn't have a good program to allow ANYONE with depression to get treated.

  • hyster-i-cal

    Repressed anger? Severe depression? How about calling it as it is: evil.

    Many people get angry, depressed, even abused….not all of them beat their own child to death.