Well, this woman finally makes all step mothers and step mothers to be look bad. Why on earth did she kill the poor baby? She wanted the man but not the “baggage” shay? What a despicable person. Thank God for surveillance, DNA tests and proper investigation. This woman would have gone scot free and possibly married the man to boot.
Melinda Lynn Muniz, 25, initially told cops an intruder attacked her and killed 2-year-old Grace Lillian Ford after the woman was found tied up inside the Plano home on Jan. 9, according to reports. But cops allegedly found surveillance video showing the woman took the toddler to a dollar store, where she bought the supplies needed to commit the murder and cover up the crime.
Melinda Lynn Muniz, 25, allegedly lied when she told investigators an intruder attacked her fiancé’s 2-year-old daughter before she was arrested for the murder.
A Texas woman was arrested for killing her fiancé’s 2-year-old daughter after cops found a surveillance video showing her buy the supplies needed to commit the sickening murder — during a shopping trip with her tiny victim.
Melinda Lynn Muniz, 25, initially told police that an intruder attacked her and little Grace Lillian Ford after the woman was found tied up with her pants down inside her fiancé’s Plano home on Jan. 12, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Grace, her mouth covered in duct tape, was lying unconscious in her crib. She was rushed to a hospital, but could not be saved.
An autopsy determined that 2-year-old Grace Lillian Ford died from being suffocated. Her father’s fiancée, Melinda Lynn Muniz, was later arrested for the murder.
The child’s death was ruled a homicide days later, after a medical examiner determined she was suffocated.
Muniz told investigators that the suspect — who she described as having dark hair, black gloves and black boots — sexually assaulted her during the attack, but the evidence didn’t support her claim, KTVT reported.
After speaking to Grace’s father, Mitch Ford, police learned the couple — who were engaged in December — had a fight that morning and that Muniz was told to move out of the home in the Eastside Villages Apartment complex, KDFW-TV reported.
Grace Lillian Ford, 2 (pictured here with her mother, Emily Ward), died days after she was found
Police retraced Muniz’s steps before the alleged attack and found that she took the little girl to a nearby dollar store, where the woman was captured on a security camera buying several disturbing items: duct tape, zip ties, kitchen shears and cotton swabs.
“She took the child with her to purchase the items that she was going to use during the commission of the crime,” Plano police spokesman David Tilley told WFAA-TV. “Clearly premeditated.”
Muniz (not pictured) allegedly took the 2-year-old girl (pictured here with her mother, Emily Ward) to a store, where she bought the supplies needed to commit the murder.
Once cops had enough evidence to prove Muniz staged the crime scene, they made the collar.
Muniz was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bail after she was charged with the murder on Tuesday.