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DA drops murder charge against dead toddler’s mom

Posted at 4:48 PM, Jul 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-31 17:48:17-04

NUECES COUNTY – The charges against a Robstown woman accused in the murder of her 18-month-old daughter have been dismissed.

Nueces County First Assistant District Attorney Matt Manning confirms that the case against Chasity Herrera was dismissed on July 30. Herrera was previously scheduled to go to trial in August for the December 2017 death of her daughter, Arabella Sanchez. Herrera was charged with murder and injury to a child by omission.

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The dismissal comes after new DNA evidence in the case was released by Herrera’s defense attorney, Angelica Hernandez, during a pre-trial hearing on Friday. The test results revealed that blood and skin found under the young victim’s fingernails belonged to Herrera’s boyfriend.

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This is a developing story.