Aunt charged with torture, murder of own niece

Aunt charged with torture, murder of own niece »Play Video
Wendy Guadalupe Gomez is arraigned Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, in Kern County court in Bakersfield, Calif., on charges from the death of a 2-year-old girl.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Karla Isidro, 2, was tortured, subjected to extreme pain and suffering, and ultimately killed at the hands of her aunt, according to the Kern County District Attorney's Office.

The aunt, 20-year-old Wendy Guadalupe Gomez, is charged with second-degree murder, torture and willful cruelty to child.

The toddler was found not breathing late Friday night in a vehicle that was parked on the 3300 block of Chester Lane. Officers attempted first aid, but the child was dead.

Witnesses described calm people standing around the vehicle before police arrived. One witness, who declined to give her name or show her face on camera, told Eyewitness News on Saturday that a woman told her she was afraid of being arrested.

Gomez, the sister of the child's mother, had custody of the child from June to September, according to a field-arrest document obtained Tuesday by Eyewitness News.

A police investigator states in the document that Gomez "assaulted (the child) in several ways and several times, including shaking her violently ..."

The investigator also states Gomez refused to take the girl for medical care after the child suffered a head injury so serious that the girl vomited involuntarily and couldn't maintain her balance.

The court document outlining the charges against Gomez includes accusations that she inflicted the injuries "with the intent to cause cruel or extreme pain and suffering, and for the purpose of revenge, extortion, persuasion, or for any sadistic purpose ..."

Gomez entered a plea of not guilty to all charges. If convicted, she could receive a life sentence.