North Carolina mother charged in death of toddler

Leslie Ramirez, 3.

Leslie Ramirez, 3.

DURHAM, N.C. — A North Carolina mother whose 3-year-old daughter was found dead in a van has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony child abuse/neglect.

The child’s mother, Rocio Murillo-Estrada, was arrested and charged Tuesday after a family member found Leslie Ramirez dead inside the vehicle on Aug. 29, according to WNCN.

At a press conference on Aug. 31, Murillo-Estrada said Leslie’s death was an accident.

“It was an accident. I love my daughter,” she  said. “I love my daughter. A mother would not like to kill her children.”

Police say the child had been in the van since 3 p.m and the family member found her at 7 p.m.

Murillo-Estrada was taken to the Durham County Jail and is under a $50,000 bond.