Murder charge against mother dropped in death of newborn

A murder charge against a 25-year-old woman who had been accused of killing her newborn daughter was dropped on Wednesday night.

Luz Granados Reyes was taken into custody Tuesday by Addison police and charged with capital murder.

She gave birth to the baby on Sunday inside the employee locker room at Hotel Intercontinental.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, paramedics found her sitting on a toilet. The baby was still attached to the umbilical cord and completely submerged in toilet water.

The affidavit claimed that Reyes made no attempt to save her daughter or call for help. However, on Wednesday, authorities said that an autopsy was performed on the baby showing that there’s “not sufficient evidence to prove that the child was ever alive.” 

Reyes has since been released from jail.

The medical examiner said that toxicology tests will be done and microscopic data will be looked at, but the chance of those results causing him to change his opinion is very slim.

Paramedics performed CPR on the baby, but could not revive her. Doctors estimate she was born between 30 and 32 weeks gestation.