On Thursday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials announced that Sandra Rodriguez Miramontes, 19, has been free on bond since September 21. She reportedly left her 2-year-old nephew trapped in her car for eight hours, resulting in the child's death.
Miramontes has been charged with child abuse resulting in death.
She was arrested on August 5, after admitting to police that she left the boy, Gabriel Torres, outside the Precious Moments Daycare in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she worked.
Despite her illegal status, she was released on only a $500 bond from the Metropolitan Detention Center, where she had been held since her arrest.
ICE officials told KRQE that some illegal aliens "who have pending criminal cases," are in fact, allowed to bond out.
Miramontes pleaded not guilty to the charge during an initial court appearance. If convicted, she could face 30 years in prison.
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