A woman who left a 10-month-old boy and a sibling alone in a bathtub earlier this week has pleaded not guilty to two felonies, and police said Wednesday the boy has died.

Celena Martinez, 40, is charged with two counts of willful cruelty to a child, and police said she could face more charges due to the child's death. 

Police spokesman Sgt. Ryan Kroeker said police were dispatched to the Motel 6 on Easton Drive at 11:29 a.m. Monday to a report of an unresponsive child. They learned Martinez left the 10-month-old and a sibling, who Kroeker said he believed was a twin, by themselves in a bathtub.

When she returned, she found one child floating and another standing up, Kroeker said. She removed the boy from the tub, and a family friend arrived and began life-saving measures.

The boy was taken to a local hospital, where he died around 5 p.m. Tuesday, Kroeker said. 

The children had been left in the care of Martinez and her boyfriend, who is a cousin of the children's mother. Kroeker said the boyfriend does not face charges.

The next court hearing for Martinez has been set for Aug. 28.

(8) comments

Michelle Valdez

From my past when I was living that life style. I pray that she will find comfort in Jesus Christ and change her life like I did.


Well that's nice to hear , but mad mouthing her like that isn't nice . God wouldn't want you to do that . He would want you to pray for her and not talk bad stuff about her . Don't you think ? I think saying she was stuff like that is a little bit rude because no one knows what really happened

Michelle Valdez

That's ur opinion and u are absolutely entitled to it.

Michelle Valdez

First of all what a horrific tragedy. The woman Celebs Martinez is a tweeker and prostitute. I wouldn't leave a dog in her care. God Bless the child and his greiving mother.


dang crazy! You know her?

Michelle Valdez

Unfortunately yes I do.


How u know her ?


How u know celena

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