Arrest Affidavit: Mom of 2-year-old was possibly intoxicated night of her death
POSTED: Monday, August 11, 2014 - 2:23pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 12:00pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — The arrest affidavit for the 25-year-old mother who is charged with injury of a child by omission and criminal negligent homicide reveals details about last night that the toddler was alive in early July.
According to records released Monday afternoon, Daisy Mora Harper had been out drinking with several family members on the evening of July 5, and left her two children, Hailey Marie, 2, and her 4-year-old boy at her mother's house. When she returned to the home around 2am, she got into a verbal altercation as to whether or not she was drunk or not.
That's when the affidavit reveals that Harper's brother, who had not been drinking, volunteered to drive her and the children back to her home while a friend of his followed the pair in her brother's car.
Harper's brother put Hailey in the car seat in the back seat, passenger side of the car and her son was placed in the back seat behind the driver's side. When the two arrived back at the home, Harper's brother got the little boy out of the car seat and took him inside and placed him in Daisy Harper's bed, where both children usually slept.
That's when police say that 25-year-old Daisy Harper resumed parental and custodial care of her children and became responsible for their well-being.
The home's alarm system was set off at 2:46 a.m. after Daisy Harper allegedly attempted to open the back door to let the dog out, which gave investigators a timeline of the last time the 2-year-old was seen alive.
Harper then allegedly cleaned the back yard and watered the backyard grass before getting ready to bed,.
The affidavit goes on to say that Daisy Harper got ready for bed while text messaging with her husband, who was out of town at the time of the incident. Harper fell asleep next to her son but said that she "did not even think to look" if her 2-year-old was in bed with her.
At around 8 a.m., Harper woke up again to go to the restroom and sent additional text messages to her husband, but then fell back asleep until around noon when her brother came into the room to ask where he could find a phone charger.
That's when the affidavit indicates that Harper's brother asked where 2-year-old Hailey was. Harper immediately ran to the car, where she located the 2-year-old's unresponsive body, still buckled into the car seat without any signs of life.
According to alarm records and emergency response records, Hailey had been inside the car for approximately ten hours.
Harper was arrested and charged with injury of a child by omission and criminal negligent homicide. Her bond was set at $250,000, and as of Monday afternoon, she was still being held in the downtown El Paso Detention Facility.