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  • July 22, 2010

Esmeralda Guzman, 1 [Update]

Esmeralda Guzman, a 1-year-old Latina, died Thursday, July 22, two months after she almost drowned in the 14000 block of Valerio Street in Van Nuys, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

According to preliminary information provided by the coroner's office, Esmeralda died of complications from a near-drowning in a bathtub on her birthday, which was May 8.

The official cause of death was listed as swelling in the brain due to drowning, according to coroner's officials, who confirmed that the case has been classified as a homicide.

The Times is requesting more information from investigators about the incident and will post an update as soon as details become available.

[Updated Aug. 29, 2012: Abused Child Unit Lt. Craig Herron said Esmeralda's mother, Jennifer Enriquez, was charged and convicted of murder in connection with the child's death.

Enriquez took a plea bargain and was sentenced to 13 years and three months in prison, Herron said.

No one else was charged with Esmeralda's death. ]

Anyone with additional information about the passing of Esmeralda Guzman is asked to contact Lt. Herron at (213) 486-0570.

— Sarah Ardalani

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