Girl, 2, Who Survived Cancer Dies After Alleged Shaking
A 2-year-old girl diagnosed last month to have overcome brain cancer died after allegedly being shaken by her mother’s boyfriend, police said.
Cindy Cordova died Thursday, two days after being taken to Children’s Hospital with massive brain injuries caused by severe shaking, police said.
Cpl. Diane Richardson, a Prince George’s police spokeswoman, said investigators are awaiting the outcome of an autopsy but have charged Francisco Lionel Garcia, 20, in Cindy’s death.
Garcia was jailed on $1 million bond.
Police said Cindy’s mother, Candy Joya, 17, had left the child with Garcia for 3 1/2 hours Tuesday morning while she attended a parenting class. The couple called 911 after Cindy was found limp and unresponsive that night.
In June, after months of chemotherapy, doctors said there were no traces of a brain tumor that nearly killed Cindy, the Washington Post reported.