Plano, Texas woman, Melinda Muniz, 25, has been charged with capital murder in the death of her fiance’s 2-year-old daughter, Grace Lillian Ford, according to a Jan. 29, 2014 NBC DFW report.
Police arrested Muniz on Jan. 28, after finding evidence that contradicted her story she had been attacked at home with Grace on Jan. 9 and sexually assaulted.
According to the Huffington Post, Muniz called her fiancée, Grace’s father, telling him she had been attacked. When he arrived at the home, he found her with her pants pulled down and her mouth taped shut.
The Post notes Grace’s father found his toddler daughter in her crib with tape over her mouth.
NBC reports an affidavit indicates police found Grace unconscious lying face down in her crib, noting her mouth had been covered with duct tape. Although she was still alive at the time, she died three days later at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.
The medical examiner ruled the child’s death a homicide.
According to NBC, lab results showed Muniz had not been sexually assaulted.
Grace’s father told police that on the day of the incident, he and Muniz had argued and he had planned to break up with her.
According to the Post, during the investigation, police recovered surveillance video from a local Dollar Tree store on which Muniz, with Grace in tow, is seen buying items she claimed the intruder had used during the alleged attack, such as cotton swabs, kitchen shears, and zip ties.
Muniz is behind bars at the Collin County Jail, held on $1 million bond.