Mother accused of child abuse in death of 3-month old takes plea deal

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Court documents reveal the alleged unhealthy conditions a 3-month-old baby girl of a Bakersfield couple was living in before she died three years ago. On Tuesday, the baby’s mother accepted a plea deal in the case.

The coroner determined Aylin Bautista died in 2015 of natural causes — bacterial septic shock, caused by bacteria such as E. Coli or listeria.

Court documents indicate living conditions likely played a role in the infant’s health. 

Investigators noted spoiled milk, rat droppings and cockroaches all over the house, even in the baby’s diaper and car seat.

The baby’s mother Erika Cervantes, took a plea deal Tuesday, pleading no contest to one charge of child abuse. In exchange three other child abuse charges were dropped.

The baby’s father, Jesus Bautista, is scheduled to go to trial next year.

If you need help or resources here are some important phone numbers.

In an emergency, call 911 first.

To report child abuse, call the child abuse hotline at 631-6011.

If you need information, you can call the Kern County Network for Children at 636-4488. You can call 211 Kern County — a program of Community Action Partnership of Kern. 

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