A Texas mother who left her 2-year-old daughter on a couch and went on a camping trip with friends was charged with neglect and child endangerment after a judge said her daughter was in danger and the public would be in danger if the case went forward.
The mother, 30-year old Amber Tejada, was taken into custody Monday after a child welfare officer found her with the child in a tent at her home on the city of San Marcos.
She was charged Monday with child endangerments and neglect, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
The San Marcos Police Department released a video of Amber Teijada giving her daughter a bath.
She then left the room and walked to a back bedroom, where she was found sleeping on the floor with her arms around the child.
She also had the child on top of her, according to police.
Police said the child, who was still wearing a diaper, was not breathing and she was unresponsive.
The child was transported to Children’s Hospital of Austin for treatment.
The girl is in good condition, according a statement from San Marcos police.
Teijadas attorneys have said they are seeking the death penalty.
“I know it was a mistake.
I’m sorry,” Teijda told ABC affiliate KPRC-TV.
“It’s my fault.
I didn’t know what was going on.”
Police said that when officers arrived at the home they found Teijads 2-month-old girl sleeping in a crib with the crib on the ground, with the baby’s head resting on her body.
Tejadas told officers she had left the child there alone.
She told officers the child had a fever and that she had been sleeping on a futon in her room with the toddler.
Teijadas told police she had gone on the camping trip for a few days, but that the trip had been canceled.
She told police her daughter had been staying with a friend and was going to a nearby campground when she was sick.
Tejadas attorney, Jennifer Lohse, told ABC News that her client has not been charged in connection with the incident.
“The public has the right to know that she was never the reason why the child was in distress,” Lohsel said.
“We’re going to do everything in our power to make sure that she never sees the light of day again.”
Teijada was also charged with felony child endanger, neglect and failure to maintain an effective social worker.
She has been held without bond and is due back in court on Oct. 29.