Regional
8:40 pm
Wed November 10, 2010

Baby Dies; 17 Year Old Mother Charged With Abuse

Las Cruces – Las Cruces Police detectives have learned that 2-month-old Baby Jade died Wednesday afternoon at an El Paso hospital.

Jade passed away at around 4:30 p.m. today after three days on life-support at Las Palmas Medical Center in El Paso, Texas.

Jade's mother, Diana Atima Goenaga, 17, of the 1100 block of Monte Vista Avenue in Las Cruces, was charged on Monday, Nov. 8, with one count of child abuse causing death or great bodily harm. Goenaga was arrested Monday evening and remains at the El Paso County Detention Center.

LCPD detectives were notified on Monday that Jade was at the El Paso hospital with what is commonly referred to as shaken baby syndrome.

Las Cruces Police detectives learned that on Wednesday, Nov. 3, the baby's 23-year-old father arrived at the couple's apartment and noticed Jade was unresponsive and limp. The couple began driving Jade to a Las Cruces hospital but, according to statements made to detectives, the baby appeared to regain consciousness so they returned home.

The couple told detectives that two days later they took Jade to a family doctor in Las Cruces who examined the baby and attributed the baby's symptoms, which included vomiting, to a change in formula. The couple again returned home with baby Jade.

Detectives learned that on Sunday morning the baby's father again noticed Jade to be unresponsive and rushed her to Mountain View Regional Medical Center. The girl was then transported by ambulance to Las Palmas where pediatric specialists determined Jade was suffering from head trauma consistent with shaken baby syndrome.

Jade's body will be transported to the medical examiner's office in El Paso for autopsy. LCPD detectives continue their investigation and additional charges remain a possibility.