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Calif. mom charged with drowning baby in bathtub

Posted: July 3, 2012 8:00 p.m.
Updated: July 3, 2012 8:00 p.m.

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California woman has been charged with murdering her 2-month-old daughter by filling a bathtub halfway with water and drowning her.

The Orange County district attorney's office said Tuesday that 27-year-old Lucero Carrera is charged with one felony count each of murder and assault on a child with force likely to produce great bodily injury resulting in death.

Prosecutors say Carrera drowned her daughter Friday in the Santa Ana trailer they shared with her mother and took a large quantity of pills. Authorities say Carrera's mother found the baby face down in the tub when she returned home.

Carrera was taken to a hospital. She is being held on $1 million bail and due to be arraigned July 20.

A message was left for public defender Fernando Valle.


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