Mother of 4-year-old boy arrested, admits she dumped body

  • This undated photo provided by the Galveston Police Department shows Dania Amezquita-Gomez. Amezquita-Gomez, along with Rebecca Rivera, was arrested and charged with fabricating or tampering with physical evidence in the death of Jayden Alexander Lopez. Lopez was found washed ashore in South Texas in 2017. (The Galveston Police Department via AP)

  • This undated photo provided by the Galveston Police Department shows Rebecca Rivera. Galveston police on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, announced that the unidentified 4-year-old boy whose body was found eight months ago washed ashore in South Texas had now been identified as Jayden Alexander Lopez, and his mother, Rivera, and her girlfriend have been arrested and are charged with fabricating or tampering with physical evidence. Investigators say they’re trying to determine whether the mother was connected to her son’s death. (The Galveston Police Department via AP)

  • This undated file image of an artists rendering provided by the Galveston Police Department shows a depiction of a boy that police at the time it was release were asking for the public’s help to identify. Galveston police on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 identified the boy as Jayden Alexander Lopez, the dead child found washed ashore in South Texas last year, and his mother, Rebecca Rivera, and her girlfriend have been arrested and are charged with fabricating or tampering with physical evidence. Investigators say they’re trying to determine whether the mother was connected to her son’s death. (The Galveston Police Department via AP, File)

DALLAS — The mother of a 4-year-old boy whose naked body was found on a South Texas beach last year admitted to authorities that she beat him and denied him medical care after he suffered a head injury from running into a wall, then drove to Galveston in the middle of the night and dumped the body in the water, according to court documents.

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