Lexington, SC (WLTX) - Lexington County deputies have arrested a mother after they say her daughter died after the suspect taped the child's mouth shut.

Cynthia Estrada-Lopez, 24, is charged with homicide by child abuse, according to warrants. The child was four-years-old

“Based on evidence collected since the death of the child, investigators believe Estrada-Lopez restrained her daughter in the child’s bed, taped her mouth shut and abandoned her the evening of July 31,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said.

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When paramedics went to the house later in the evening, they found the child unresponsive. They pronounced the girl dead at the hospital a short time later.

The exact cause of death has not yet been released. The investigation into the death is still ongoing.

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