Chesterfield babysitter found not guilty in infant’s death

Lirio Jazmin Godinez-Gonzales was found not guilty of murder and felony child neglect
Posted at 5:17 PM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 13:56:56-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. – A Chesterfield County babysitter has been found not guilty in the death of a seven-month-old infant.

A Chesterfield judge found Lirio Jazmin Godinez-Gonzales not guilty of murder and felony child neglect inside a Chesterfield courtroom Friday.

In December of 2018, Gonzales was arrested and charged with child neglect after 7-month-old Ashley Michelle Bonilla Rodriguez died after receiving serious injuries to her head. Gonzales was later indicted with murder.

Experts said internal bleeding and blunt force trauma to the head killed the child.

During Wednesday's hearing, the infant's mother took the stand and testified that everything was fine with her child before she dropped off the baby for Gonzales to babysit.

Gonzales' lawyer said the babysitter did everything she could to save the baby. They stated the Commonwealth had no evidence that linked Gonzales to the child's death.

The Commonwealth argued it believed Gonzales was responsible due to the manner in which the child died, according to their medical expert.

She plead not guilty to the charges and requested her fate be decided by a judge, not a jury.

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