A Statesville woman has been charged with second-degree murder after her four-month-old died.
Erika Renee Altamirano, 34, of Holland Drive was charged with felony second-degree murder and felony child abuse. She has been issued a $500,000 bond and was placed at the Iredell County Detention Center. Her first appearance is today.
An investigation began after deputies responded to Davis Regional Medical Center on June 27 to find a child in critical condition. Physicians diagnosed the child with a significant skull fracture to the rear of his head as well as other injuries; they determined those injuries were both life-threatening and consistent with non-accidental trauma, Sheriff Darren Campbell states in a news release.
The child died on July 4 as the result of the injuries. An autopsy concluded the cause of death was blunt force trauma.
Campbell outlined the events of the investigation with the following details:
Deputies notified Criminal Investigations Division detectives, the release states. A CAT scan had revealed the child had a serious head injury and the child was transported to Brenner Children’s Hospital at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center by air, the release states. The child later died at the hospital.
Detectives spoke to multiple witnesses and family members and discovered the child’s father had arrived home from work to find the child breathing but unresponsive and immediately called for help and took the child to the nearest hospital.
In initial interviews, no one knew how the child had been injured. Detectives executed a search warrant at the home and collected evidence. After interviews, the detectives determined the child had been in the exclusive control of his mother, Altamirano, during the day.
Altamirano was arrested and charged on July 16 after her release from a medical facility.