Texas mother charged in death of body-in-box son

Published April 5, 2012 2:18PM (EDT)

TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — A Houston-area woman has been charged in the 2011 death of her 10-year-old disabled son whose body was found in a cardboard box.

The Galveston County Daily News (http://bit.ly/HRcZMV ) reports that police arrested 42-year-old Tina Madrid Wednesday on a murder charge in Texas City.

A coroner last week ruled Jonathan Singer's death a homicide.

Jonathan's body was discovered last April in a box in his father's truck in Spring Branch, about 35 miles north of San Antonio.

Authorities say the boy had cerebral palsy and was neglected. Prosecutors say Jonathan drowned after his 46-year-old father, Jeffrey Singer, left him alone in a bathtub.

Singer has been charged with serious bodily injury to a child.

Online jail records do not list an attorney for Madrid, whose bond is $50,000.


Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, http://www.galvnews.com

By Salon Staff

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