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Loudoun Woman Charged in 2005 Death of Daughter

Toddler died of blunt force trauma



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    A Loudoun County woman has been charged with murder in the death of her young daughter almost seven years later.

    The 20-month-old toddler, Jocelin Gutierrez, died in August 2005, but charges were never filed.

    On Tuesday, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office announced murder charges against the girl's mother, 30-year-old Vanesa Patricio-Cruz, of Sterling. The sheriff's office said a recent follow-up investigation revealed that the girl died of blunt force trauma.

    Patricio-Cruz is being held at the county jail without bond.

    The charges come a day after police in neighboring Prince William County filed murder charges against a 22-year-old mother for the 2010 death of her infant son.