Trigger warning: child death, violence
Marcie Montelongo, 35, has been charged with murder after she allegedly admitted to drowning her two-year-old daughter in a bathtub. The Gilroy, California woman called 911 at about 11:30 am on Sunday to report that she had drowned the toddler in their apartment, on the 7900 block of Westwood Drive.
Officers and firefighters who were called to the scene found the lifeless body of the toddler in a bathtub filled with water. Although they proceeded to remove her from the bathtub and administer CPR as well as other lifesaving measures, the girl, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead when she arrived at Saint Louise Regional Hospital.
Montelongo was not in the apartment when law enforcement arrived. She was located by police at the nearby intersection of Miller Avenue and First Street where she confirmed that she had just killed her daughter, according to a Gilroy Police Department. Sources say Montelongo and her daughter had lived at the Vineyards Apartment Complex for the past two months, and neighbors reported hearing a child playing inside the apartment. The mother was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on a charge of murder.
Police say the mother called 911 and said she had drowned her 2-year-old daughter in a bathtubhttps://t.co/2eIl98tMiR— KTLA (@KTLA) November 5, 2019
“It was horrible when I saw all that yellow tape, it was awful,” said neighbor Julie Clinton. “Obviously we were shook, we are shook, it’s demonic,” neighbor Leon Clinton added. Meanwhile, neighbor Jane Tovar told KTVU, “This is the nicest community that I have lived in personally when you live in a nice gated community you think that can’t happen here.”
Police are investigating, and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Gilroy Police Department detective Chris Silva at 408-846-0335.
The case is reminiscent of another murder in Las Vegas last spring when a mother, Linette Warrichaiet, 44, who also goes by Linette Boedicker, intentionally drowned her 2-year-old daughter in a bathtub. Police had responded to a Northeast valley apartment complex just after 3 pm after receiving a 911 call from the child's mother. Although she had been advised by dispatchers to administer CPR, she refused. When the police arrived at the scene, it took her several minutes to answer the door.
The child was found face up, fully clothed in a bathtub full of water. First responders gave the child CPR, but she was pronounced dead at the hospital. There had been a 911 call earlier that day from the same home in which a domestic disturbance was reported. Metro spokesperson Larry Hadfield said that officers “determined no crime was committed at the time.” The toddler’s mother is currently in custody and facing murder charges.