Authorities Identify Two Children And One of Two Fatally Beaten Women
DENTON, Texas (AP) _ Investigators have identified one of two women whose severely beaten bodies were found in a rural area as the mother of a boy who was found abandoned a few hours later in a neighboring county.
The other woman has not been conclusively identified, but Denton County and Wise County authorities and the Texas Rangers are trying to determine if she is the mother of a 14-month-old girl who also was found wandering alone and is the cousin of the young boy.
Two brothers, who are the estranged husbands of the two children’s mothers, were being questioned by investigators Saturday night, but Denton County Sheriff Kirby Robinson would not say if they were being considered suspects in the slayings of the women.
The woman who has been identified, through fingerprints on file with the Texas Department of Public Safety, is Claudia Medina, 22. Officials say she and the other woman were bludgeoned with some sort of pipe and left in a culvert near Decatur, in rural Wise County about 30 miles northwest of Fort Worth.
Ms. Medina has been identified as the mother of a small boy found alone in Denton County, north of Dallas, on Thursday. Damion Medina Gamez had his first birthday on the day his mother’s battered body was found.
The two brothers being questioned have been identified as Damion Gamez, the boy’s father, and Silvio Rojas Gamez, the father of 14-month-old Silvia Rojas Gamez.
The girl’s mother is Erlinda Martinez Gamez, authorities said.
Robinson said at a news conference that investigators began searching for the two brothers on Saturday night after a man identified only as Pablo said he thought he knew the two slain women.
According to Robinson, Pablo is a neighbor of the women and had seen them the night before they were found dead.
Robinson said the women were seen leaving their Frisco residence in a vehicle, and at least one of the children was seen leaving with them.
The Gamez brothers, who are both construction workers, turned themselves in to authorities after investigators began searching in Frisco and Little Elm for them. The two men told police their wives and small children were missing, Robinson said.
Frisco Police Chief Roger Wingo said the search was conducted in that area because the brothers had listed residences there during previous arrests for public intoxication in his city.
The children have been in foster care since they were found. Caseworker Leigh Ann Pulley, said the boy had seemed to be in good spirits and was saying ″Momma,″ but the girl had been silent.