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Mother admits drowning 2-year-old daughter in bathtub, police say

Police found a 2-year-old girl lifeless inside a bathtub at a home in the 7900 block of Westwood Drive in Gilroy on Nov. 3.
Police found a 2-year-old girl lifeless inside a bathtub at a home in the 7900 block of Westwood Drive in Gilroy on Nov. 3.
(Los Angeles Times)

A Gilroy mother has been arrested on suspicion of murder after confessing that she drowned her 2-year-old daughter, authorities said.

Marcie Montelongo, 35, called the Gilroy Police Department about 11:30 a.m. Sunday and said she had drowned her young child in a bathtub at her home in the 7900 block of Westwood Drive, according to the Gilroy Police Department.

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Marcie Montelongo, 35, is suspected of killing her toddler, police said.
(Gilroy Police Department)

When police arrived, Montelongo was not at home, but officials found the lifeless toddler in a tub filled with water. Despite repeated life-saving measures by police and paramedics, the girl was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Officers found Montelongo about a mile from the house, at Miller Avenue and First Street, where she again told authorities she had killed her daughter, Gilroy Police officials said.

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Montelongo was arrested on suspicion of murder and is being held without bail, according to police and inmate records. She is expected in court Wednesday.


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