Police: Mother neglected son with cerebral palsy, leading to his death


NORTH AUSTIN

Police: Mother neglected son, leading to his death

An Austin mother is accused of neglecting her 26-year-old son with cerebral palsy, which led to his death in June, Austin police officials said Thursday.

Erica Yanet Flores, 41, was arrested Thursday. She is charged with injury to a disabled individual by omission, police said.

Her son, Edgar Carbajal, was pronounced dead the night of June 20, soon after EMS medics were called to the scene in the 200 block of Prince Drive in North Austin, police said.

Detectives received Carbajal’s full autopsy report on Aug. 29. The report ruled the manner of death a homicide. The cause of death is pneumonia caused by bacteremia, “due to pressure ulcers from the cerebral palsy,” Austin police said in a statement Thursday.

Police did not say how they believe Flores neglected Carbajal.

Flores is currently in the Travis County Jail, records show. Her bail was set at $75,000.

Anyone with additional information about this case should call the Austin police homicide tip line at 512-477-3588.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman

NORTHWEST AUSTIN

Pedestrian killed near Oak Knoll

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle early Thursday near the intersection of Oak Knoll Drive and McNeil Drive, according to Austin-Travis County EMS.

Medics responded to the incident around 5:50 a.m. The pedestrian, who was described as a man in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene, EMS reported.

The incident blocked off traffic at the 6600 block of McNeil Drive for several hours Thursday morning.

— Roberto Villalpando, American-Statesman

WELLS BRANCH

Man killed in hit-and-run Monday

Austin police have identified a pedestrian killed in a hit-and-run Monday near Wells Branch as 37-year-old Richard Stacy Stader.

According to a preliminary police investigation, Stader was crossing north in the 1500 block of Wells Branch Parkway against the traffic signal around 9:40 p.m.

A 2010 blue Honda Accord was heading west on Wells Branch near the Interstate 35 southbound service road when it struck Stader but then drove off, police said.

Stader was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they found the suspected vehicle but they have not found the driver.

The case is ongoing, and investigators are asking anyone with information about the incident to call detectives at 512-974-8255.

Police said Stader’s death is Austin’s 45th traffic death of the year. The city had 47 traffic deaths at this time last year, police said.

— Roberto Villalpando, American-Statesman



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