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Oct 2, 2013 6:48 PM by Associated Press

Police: Woman drove around with dead niece in car

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - A woman who allegedly drove around for much of a day with the body of her 2-year-old niece in the car's back seat has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and torture-related charges.

The Bakersfield Californian reports (http://bit.ly/1eYbrBp ) 20-year-old Wendy Guadalupe Gomez says she didn't call 911 because she's in the country illegally and didn't want to chance getting arrested.

Authorities say on Sept. 20 Gomez drove around for seven hours, calling relatives and friends, and giving a friend a ride with the dead child in the back seat of the Toyota Camry. Prosecutors say Gomez knew her niece, Karla Isidro, was dead.

Police reports say an autopsy revealed the girl had suffered a skull fracture, and there was bruising on the top of her head.

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Information from: The Bakersfield Californian, http://www.bakersfield.com

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