Mother Leaves Her Down Syndrome Child to Die
A Texas mom was jailed for life after leaving her severely-disabled seven year-old daughter to die at home while she went clubbing with friends. Lauren Kay Dean (pictured) pleaded guilty to murder Wednesday and received the life sentence plus 20 years for endangerment of a child over the January 2020 death of daughter Jordynn Barrera in Bay City.
Jordynn (pictured) had Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and was bed-ridden. She used a feeding tube, and required constant, round-the-clock care.
Dean’s behavior resulted in her daughter dying while she hit a local club called Shades (pictured) to party with friends.
Police in Bay City, Texas went to Dean’s apartment shortly after to do a welfare check. When investigators spoke to Dean, she offered to let them come in to show the children were well, but they found 7-year-old Jordynn dead, according to ABC13, Dean was subsequently charged with murdering the youngster by neglecting her.
Dean’s two other children, aged five years and three months, were also found at her apartment.
Jordynn was a non-verbal child who had been diagnosed early on with Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. Authorities have also said the girl was only able to eat through a feeding tube.
Records show Dean was arrested and booked into the Matagorda County Jail on three second-degree felony charges: abandonment, endangering a child, and imminent danger bodily injury.
Dean pleaded guilty as part of a bargain to avoid the death penalty and to avoid a jury trial on October 5. She pleaded on capital murder of a person under the age of 10 and three counts of child abandonment.