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Pregnant Mom Held on $2M Bail in Previous Child's Death

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    Daughter Defends Mom Accused in Infant's Death

    NBC 7's Candice Nguyen speaks exclusively with Abigail Ocampos, the daughter of Guadalupe Ocampos, a San Diego woman jailed on murder charges in connection with the death of her 9-month-old baby. Abigail says her baby brother's death was an accident and her mother is innocent. (Published Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014)

    A pregnant woman was ordered to be held on $2 million bail on murder charges in connection with a previous baby's death.

    At her arraignment, 32-year-old Guadalupe Ocampos, stood with her hands cuffed on top of her stomach. Family members say she is eight months pregnant with her seventh child.

    Ocampos pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder charge filed against her in the death of Kevin Machado, her 9-month-old baby who died of a head injury in September 2013.

    The medical examiner's report says Machado died of blunt force trauma to the head.

    Officials said the baby's injuries were inconsistent with what his parents told investigators - that the baby fell three feet off a bed onto the floor twice in two days.

    According to the medical examiner, a head CT scan revealed a traumatic brain bleed with multiple levels of "healing."

    Ocampos was arrested Thursday morning at her San Diego home in the 1600 block of South 43rd Street. Her family, including her eldest child, Abigail, witnessed her arrest.

    Hours after her mother appeared in court and entered a not guilty plea, Abigail described what happened the day her little brother died.

    She recalls that when she came home from school on Sept. 5, 2013, she saw her brother on the bed in a room with her step-father while her mother was in the kitchen.

    “We heard something that fell hard and we never thought it was my brother,” she told NBC 7 in an exclusive interview.

    Abigail said she was in the bathroom when she heard a thump and then heard her mother yelling.

    “I just heard my mom scream, ‘My kid just fell from the bed!’ and I just came out of the bathroom running. And she was like, ‘My kid, my kid.’ And I’m like, ‘He’s fine, he’s fine.’”

    The 17-year-old claims the arresting police officers mistreated her mother, who Abigail maintains is innocent.

    “It doesn't make sense that she’s gonna kill her baby because she has six kids that love her and miss her now so I don’t understand why they’re saying that,” the teenager said.

    "It was an accident," she added.

    Ocampos' preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 9.