Humble parents charged in death of toddler left overnight in car

A Humble couple have been charged in the September heat death of their 2-year-old daughter, who was left in the backseat of a car after a party.

The parents, Olga Esquivel and Angel Esquivel-Blanco, both 25, are charged with child abandonment in the Sept. 16 incident.

Their daughter, Alicia Esquivel, died of heat exposure after being left for hours in the backseat of a car. Olga Esquivel is also charged with tampering with a corpse.

“Parents have a duty to protect their children,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a news release. “And these parents will forever live with their child’s horrible death and suffer the consequences of their actions.”

The mother allegedly changed her story when speaking to police, according to court records.

She first told investigators that the family went to a party on Sept. 15, and the whole family fell asleep together inside their home after she helped her intoxicated husband inside, records show.

Olga Esquivel said she woke up around noon and that her daughter was hot to the touch. After about an hour, she and her husband said, they called 911 because they couldn’t find one cell phone and another one was charging.

Authorities obtained photos and a video from the couple’s cell phones, taken as early as 10:40 a.m. that Saturday. Two photos and a video, apparently taken by the child, were recovered.

The photos showed the inside of the car and the girl could be heard speaking in discomfort in the video, investigators said. The video also showed a pair of scissors lodged in the area between the passenger seat and the door.

Police also found one of Alicia’s sandals in the driveway.

When she was interviewed again, Olga Esquivel said that she did leave her daughter in the car overnight. After helping her husband inside the night before, they both fell asleep, she said.

It wasn’t until noon the next day when she woke up and realized their toddler was still in the car, she said.

Olga Esquivel said she found her daughter unresponsive in the front passenger seat, because she wasn't in a car seat the night before. She splashed water on her daughter and performed CPR to try to save her before calling police around 2:55 p.m.

Angel Esquivel-Blanco still claimed that he didn’t know his wife left Alicia in the car.

The charges are all second-degree felonies which carry up to 20 years in prison, according to the District Attorney's office.