Police: 2-year-old died from skull fracture but could have survived if taken to doctor sooner
Last Updated: 64 days ago
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
There are new details in the case of a two year old girl who died while in the care of her aunt.
The victim a 2 year old girl named Carla suffered a skull fracture that doctors say she could have survived if treated right away.
Wendy Gomez is charged with second degree murder in the death of her 2 year old niece Carla.
Carla's mom went back to Mexico in June and left Carla and her 3 year old sister with their Aunt Wendy.
The doctor who performed the autopsy says Carla suffered a large skull fracture across the back of her head sometime in early to mid-August.
Carla suffered swelling of her head and was vomiting but her aunt was afraid to go to a doctor or the hospital because she didn't want to be deported.
The family Wendy stayed with saw Carla’s head injury and pressed her to get medical help... But they never directly called authorities.
Family friends 23ABC spoke to asked not to be identified.
Gomez is due back in court on Thursday.
The other girl was placed with child protective services.
No word on whether the victim's biological mom is planning to return to Bakersfield.
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