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Woman charged with assaulting child after letter tells 'what really happened'

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) - A Lancaster woman is accused of causing life-changing injuries to her young child nearly 10 years ago.

Jaquia Morales, 31, left her daughter in a bathtub with running water then went outside and smoked marijuana, city police said in charging documents filed this week.

As a result of Morales' actions, her daughter girl inhaled water from the tub into her lungs and went unresponsive, sustained a traumatic brain injury, and was left with severe mental retardation and seizure disorders, the complaint states.

When Morales was interviewed after the November 2008 incident, she told police her daughter was sleeping then began breathing hard and wouldn't wake up, but a chest x-ray showed the girl had water in her lungs.

The girl and her brother were placed with a foster mother, who found a letter from Morales to her daughter when the boy returned from a visit.

In the letter, Morales wrote that she wanted to let her daughter know "what really happened."

"First I'm truly sorry my love bug, I was giving you a bath that day and filled the tub, I left the water running, I put you in the tub," she wrote. "I went and stupidly smoked weed."

Morales is charged with a felony count of aggravated assault and a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of children.


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