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Mother of Baby Found Dead in Freezer Facing Premeditated Murder Charges

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    Upgraded Charge for Mom Accused of Putting Baby in Freezer

    Paola Vargas Ortiz is now facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of her 4-month-old son, whose body was found in a freezer.

    (Published Tuesday, March 6, 2018)

    What to Know

    • In 2016, detectives found four-month-old Hugo was inside of a freezer, along with a suicide note.

    • Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty.

    • The accused will likely face a jury by September.

    The mother whose infant son in 2016 was found dead in a freezer is now facing a charge of first-degree premeditated murder.

    In early 2016, Paola Vargas-Ortiz called 911 and said she was going to kill herself by jumping off from the Seven Mile Bridge in Monroe County.

    Detectives later found four-month-old Hugo was inside of a freezer in a Homestead home, along with a suicide note Vargas-Ortiz wrote that read: "Sorry for all what I did. I will be punished," according to police.

    Vargas-Ortiz first faced manslaughter charges and later second-degree murder charges but prosecutors once again changed the charges.

    Charges Upgraded for Mom Accused of Killing Son

    [MI] Charges Upgraded for Mom Accused of Killing Son

    Paola Vargas-Ortiz, the mother whose infant son in 2016 was found dead in a freezer, is now facing a charge of first-degree premeditated murder.

    (Published Tuesday, March 6, 2018)

    “The charges were changed from second-degree murder to first-degree premeditated murder," Miami-Dade Criminal Court Judge Alberto Milian said in court. "And, as I think I explained one time, if you’re convicted of that charge it’s a mandatory life sentence.”

    Prosecutors do not have any plea offers on the table for Vargas-Ortiz. The next hearings will relate to text messages between Vargas-Ortiz and her husband the day before the child was killed.

    Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty and Vargas-Ortiz will likely face a jury by September.

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