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Jailed mother pleads guilty to nearly killing her infant

She gave birth again in prison

February 21, 2020 Digital Media Exclusive

A 28-year-old East Butler woman who gave birth while incarcerated pleaded guilty last month to nearly killing her 9-month old baby in August 2018.

Remedios Xochitl Nopaltecatl-Rimirez pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of children. Her plea agreement calls for an incarceration period of two to seven years. Nopaltecatl-Rimirez has been in Butler County Prison since her arrest Nov. 28, 2018. She will be sentenced in March if Butler County Common Pleas Judge William Shaffer accepts the plea deal.

Police received a call around 5 p.m. Aug. 9, 2018, for an unresponsive child in an apartment on Grant Street. Upon arrival, they found Nopaltecatl-Rimirez with the baby and a 3-year-old.

Nopaltecatl-Rimirez told police the baby took a nap around 2 p.m., and that she later bottle-fed and put the infant on an air mattress in a bedroom. She told investigators she then left the bedroom for the kitchen and heard the baby fall.

But medical personnel, documented by police, said this explanation doesn’t account for the extreme damage done to the baby’s head.

This is an excerpt from a larger article that will appear in Sunday’s Butler Eagle. Subscribe online or in print to read the full article.