|For Immediate Release
Case # TBA
July 3, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
MOTHER CHARGED WITH MURDERING 2-MONTH-OLD BABY GIRL BY DROWNING HER IN BATHTUB
SANTA ANA – A mother has been charged with murdering her 2-month-old baby girl by drowning her in a bathtub. Lucero Carrera, 27, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count each of murder and assault on a child with force likely to produce great bodily injury resulting in death. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of up to life in state prison. Carrera is being held on $1 million bail and is expected to be arraigned this afternoon, Tuesday, July 3, 2012, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.
In June 2012, Carrera is accused of living in a trailer in Santa Ana with her mother and her 2-month-old baby daughter Kimberly Gutierrez.
At approximately 4:20 p.m. on June 29, 2012, Carrera is accused of filling her Jacuzzi bathtub half-way with water and intentionally murdering her baby by drowning her in the tub. The defendant is accused of then ingesting a large quantity of pills.
Carrera’s mother returned home from shopping and discovered baby Kimberly face-down in the bathtub.
The Santa Ana Police Department, who investigated this case, responded to the scene. Carrera was located in the trailer and transported to the hospital.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Jim Mendelson of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.