21-year-old father faces manslaughter charges for infant drowning


POSTED: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 4:51pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 11:31am

It was a very emotional moment in court  Tuesday morning for 21-year-old Father Enrique Medina of Mission, as he broke down in front of a judge.

Medina is facing second degree manslaughter charges following an alcohol related incident, which took the life of a two-month-old infant over the weekend.

Meanwhile when authorities interrogated Medina, he shared his own version of what took place that night, when his two-month old baby drowned.  Sheriff Lupe Treviño says,  "He get's close to the canal according to him, and he slips and he falls into the water, holding the baby in his left arm."

Medina told authorities he lost control of his baby, because he thought he was going to drown.

As for the mother, she's not facing charges because authorities are calling it an accident.

Before Medina was in court, the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department said they were pushing for stronger charges because of the circumstances involved in this death of a child. Sheriff Treviño says, "I can't get a murder charge out of this, I tried very hard, and actually it would be a capital murder charge because the child is under two years old, but there is just no way i can get a murder charge out of this, all I can do is charge him with manslaughter, by recklessness."

The Sheriff's Department also says Medina is in the United States as an undocumented immigrant and that he eventually be released to immigration authorities.

Medina's bond was set at half a million dollars.

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