SARASOTA -- A 56-year-old Sarasota woman has been charged with killing her 8-month-old niece in May, according to the Sarasota Police Department.
Carmen Martinez was arrested Wednesday on a charge of aggravated manslaughter of a child.
Police say Martinez was caring for Alivia Ortega on May 14, when officers responded to reports of a woman yelling for help on the third floor of the McCown Towers, 1320 Boulevard of the Arts, according to a news release.
Officers found Alivia unconscious and without a pulse. An officer and later paramedics performed CPR until a pulse was established. She was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital and later to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, where she died the next day, according to police.
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An autopsy determined that the child had suffered internal injuries that resulted in her death, and the case was ruled a homicide.
Detectives say Martinez was caring for Alivia when she was injured.
Alivia would have turned 1 year old on Thursday.
Anyone with information about the case can call Detective Megan Buck at 941-954-7067.