The distraught mother of an 11-year-old Texas girl whose body was left under her father’s bed after being raped has spoken out about the shocking crime, saying: “I don’t want to cry anymore… I want justice.”
Ana Elizabeth Xitumul Saput railed against the person who committed the unspeakable crime against Maria, who was home alone in Pasadena on Saturday when she alerted her father at work that there was someone at the door.
“I don’t want to cry anymore because I have a bad heart,” the grieving mother said said Telemundo 47 from Guatemala, where she still lives with Maria’s younger sister.
“I want justice. I need her killer to come to terms and I ask God that kindhearted people will help us bring our daughter’s remains back to Guatemala,” Saput said, adding that she just wants to see her daughter one last time.
“This person has no feelings. Don’t you have any sisters, no mother?” she asked the murderer, who was still at large.
Saput said she and her youngest daughter stayed behind in Guatemala because of their heart problems.
No suspects have been identified and Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Maria’s father Carmelo Gonzalez, 32, said he had only just arrived at work when Maria texted him at 10am on Saturday that a stranger had knocked on her door.
“I told her, ‘Don’t open the door because I’m coming to work,’ and she said, ‘I’m in my bed,'” the grieving father said of the “good quiet girl” who recently turned around had 11
Maria’s aunt and uncle could not find the girl when they searched the premises, but when the father returned home five hours later, he found her lifeless body in a laundry basket under his bed.
“They left them in a plastic bag under the bed. They left my poor daughter behind,” Gonzalez, who lived alone with Maria, previously told Fox 26.
The girl was raped and strangled and suffered a blunt trauma to the head, officials said.
The home showed no signs of forced entry and the door was closed but unlocked when the aunt and uncle first checked the crime scene, Pasadena Police Chief Josh Bruegger told reporters.
Bruegger said: “At this point, the father’s alibi is confirmed, so – at least at this point – he is not a suspect.”
The boss added that the killer likely knew the little girl was home alone at the time.
“It strikes me as terribly suspicious that dad goes to work and within 30 minutes someone knocks on the door,” he said.