The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Updates: Dania Yesenia Haros

A recent request for more information on a previously posted case had me spending the afternoon attempting to find updates.

Dania Haros, (previous post here) was arrested in the fatal beating of her foster child- four year old Angelina Espalin.

She entered not guilty pleas to the charges of murder and assault on a child causing death, which occurred in November of 2006.

The little girl suffered from brain swelling, numerous bruises to the face and body and 30 hemorrhages to her scalp when she died at Rady Children's Hospital, prosecutor Kelly Mok said.

The county Medical Examiner's Office declared the death a homicide after an autopsy, but it took a year to investigate the circumstances of the child's killing, Mok said.

The prosecutor told Judge Adrienne Orfield last week that she was concerned that Haros and her husband were planning to move to Mexico.

That judge set bail at $5 million, half of what the prosecutor wanted, and rescheduled the arraignment for today. Judge David Rubin accepted her not guilty plea and set a preliminary hearing for Feb. 19.

Haros is currently being held on $5 million bail.

Court information on the case can be found here, although it currently reads:

Suspect: Dania Yesenia Haros
Charge: Murder
DOB: 09/05/1984
Court No.: CN238723
Prosecutor: Kelly Mok
Defense: Manuel Gonzalez
Synopsis: A 23-year-old woman accused in the bludgeoning death of her 4-year old foster daughter.
Custody Status: In custody
Next Court Date: Preliminary Exam Readiness, Feb 5 2008 8:30AM, Department 6, San Diego Superior Court, North County Division, Vista Regional Center

There is likely to be very little information released until the trial in Feb, but I'll be posting any that I run across between now and then.