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Posted on: August 18, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Missing Puyallup infant’s mother charged with endangerment

TACOMA, WA – Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged Myra Maria Aguilar, 31, with criminal mistreatment in the second degree, endangerment with a controlled substance and custodial interference in the first degree for using methamphetamine during her pregnancy and violating a judge’s order to surrender the infant to authorities. A bench warrant has been issued for Aguilar’s arrest.

While dependency proceedings were ongoing with one of her other children, Aguilar became pregnant. She refused to provide her due date to the Department of Social and Health Services.

Aguilar’s roommate informed Puyallup officers that Aguilar gave birth to a baby boy on Aug. 9, 2015 at their home in Puyallup, without the assistance of medical professionals. She said the baby’s lips were blue and he did not want to eat. According to the roommate, Aguilar did not want to take the baby to the hospital, saying Child Protective Services would get her baby over her dead body. The roommate told detectives that Aguilar had used methamphetamine throughout her pregnancy and is now using it while breastfeeding. Aguilar told the roommate that she knew the methamphetamine would affect the baby and she planned to maintain his methamphetamine levels so he wouldn’t experience withdrawal symptoms.

On Aug. 12, 2015, a Pierce County court commissioner signed an order for the infant to be taken into protective custody.

In 2011, Aguilar went through dependency proceedings in King County after her baby was born addicted to methadone. At that time, Aguilar told authorities she had been using drugs for 20 years.

Charges are only allegations and a person is presumed innocent unless he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Heather Songer
Communications and Public Information Coordinator
Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
[email protected]

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