Trial starts Monday for woman accused of neglecting 6-year-old girl who weighed just 19 pounds

The girl was neglected over a period of time, police say

A woman accused of starving her child, causing her to weigh just 19 pounds at 6 years old, will go to trial on Monday.

Jennifer Marie Delgado, 36, was charged with injury to a child causing serious bodily injury with intent in late 2018. Her trial is taking place in the 227th District Court.

San Antonio police said the girl, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, was severely malnourished and neglected.

An arrest warrant affidavit states Delgado took the then-6-year-old girl to CHRISTUS Children’s on Dec. 3, 2018, because the girl was “blue.”

Delgado told police the girl, who had a gastronomy tube placement, had been sick and had been given Pediasure.

The affidavit states the girl smelled like urine and feces, was wearing dirty clothes, and had severe tooth decay, numerous bed sores and severe hair loss.

She had been diagnosed with sleep apnea but hadn’t using a bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) machine for a month due to “Medicaid issues,” the affidavit states.

“The victim was admitted to the hospital and the chart notes that the victim had an overwhelming look of a cachectic malnourished bony child with little subcutaneous tissue or fatty tissue,” the affidavit states.

Police said Delgado had not taken the girl to a clinic since April 2017. She appeared to have been neglected for several months, police said.

If convicted, Delgado faces 5 to 99 years, or life in prison.

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