The mother of a 9-year-old girl whose body was found in a refrigerator back in June has been charged with injury to a child, according to Houston police.
Amber Keyes, 35, was taken into custody Tuesday without incident, KHOU reports.
After not seeing Keyes’ child Ayahna Comb for several months, a concerned neighbor entered the family home through an unlocked door and found the child’s body in the cripsper drawer of the refrigerator.
Authorities said she had been dead since January 29, 2014 and weighed just 14 pounds.
According to KHOU, Keyes told police that one night in January, Ayahna just stopped breathing. She performed CPR, but it was too late. Investigators say Keyes neglected to report the child’s death to authorities, nor did she call emergency personnel.
Keys claimed she didn’t know what to do with her daughter’s body, so she kept it in the fridge, court documents say.
The Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Ayahna’s death a homicide. Her death was caused by malnutrition and dehydration complicated by cerebral palsy and ulcers, which extended down to her bones, infecting the bones, KHOU reports.
Bond for Keyes was set at $50,000 after she appeared in court Wednesday