A Texas mother was frustrated with her crying baby and decided that her daughter needed to be punished for it. That’s when she came of up with a sick new use for her child’s pajama pants. Then, she sent her son in after.
Kayla Monique Stouten-Orozco, 24, had become uncontrollably irritated over her 15-month-old’s crying. Rather than attending to her daughter’s needs, which was causing her to fuss, she let the baby cry until she couldn’t take it anymore.
According to KTRK, the infant, Estrellia Elecia Enriquez, was still crying it out in her room when the mother came in and ripped off the child’s pajama pants, then suffocated her with them. In a fit of rage and quest for a little peace and quiet, Kayla tied the girl’s pants around her face, then left the room.
After a couple of hours and the older child trying to save his sister, the mother finally went to the neighbor’s house and asked them to call 911. EMS later testified that Estrellia had been dead for about 1 to 2 hours by the time they got there, and there was nothing they could do to save her. Despite having murdered her daughter, the jury’s decision makes a horrific situation even worse.
Estrellia was killed on September 15, 2014, and her mother was charged with her murder in December of the same year. However, that’s all a distant memory now that the case has gone to trial, and Kayla will be a free woman in a short amount of time, thanks to a jury’s final decision on Friday. After just a 30-minutes of deliberation, they found the mother guilty of a lesser charge.
Kayla will serve just 10 years behind bars after being convicted of felony child endangerment instead of murder. She’ll be eligible for parole in just five years, which is half of the max sentence she was given, Your Houston News reported.
It’s absolutely disgusting that this woman will not spend her life behind bars after she killed her baby. She knew what she was doing when she strangled her, then waited up to two hours before getting help, after her second child tried to save his sister on his own and couldn’t. Never once did Kayla go in there and untie the pajama pants from around her baby’s face. She simply let her die.