By Calvin Palmer
A 28-year-old Texas mother of nine arrested after police found a dead fetus stored in the refrigerator of her filth strewn home was convicted today of child injury and child endangerment.
A jury in Lubbock took just 32 minutes to find Gloria Ramirez, who is now eight months pregnant, guilty of one count of injury to a child and six counts of child endangerment.
Police came to the home in July 2007 after Ramirez’s husband, Anthony Moya, called a funeral home to ask about a casket for a fetus after she had miscarried. The fetus had been placed in a white baby wipe box and put in the refrigerator
When police officers arrived they found rodents, roaches, dirty diapers stacked in closets, moldy food and trash covering most floors.
Ramirez’s eldest child, her 11-year-old daughter, testified yesterday that her mother threatened to kill her and her siblings if they told anyone about the filthy conditions.
In closing arguments, prosecutor Jennifer Bassett called the home “a house of horrors” where nothing was done to care for the children.
“That dog in the backyard is a better mother,” Bassett said.
Defense attorney Ted Hogan told jurors that Ramirez was so scared of Moya that she did not confront him about not helping her with the children and cleaning.
“It’s important that you look at the reasons why,” he said. “The state just wants you to look at what happened. The state thinks we’re making excuses.”
Moya, father to six of the seven children removed from the home, also faces charges and is due to go on trial later this month.
In May 2008, Ramirez gave birth to twins. The state has temporary custody of them.
[Based on a report by the Houston Chronicle.]