PLANO, TEXAS — A 25-year-old woman faces the death penalty in the suffocation death of her ex-fiancé’s daughter.
Melinda Lynn Muniz, 25, staged a break-in Jan. 9 to deflect suspicion, Plano police say. She is in jail on $1-million bond.
Grace Lillian Ford, 2, was found unconscious in a crib, her mouth covered with duct tape, according to an arrest affidavit. Muniz was found in another room with her mouth taped shut and her pants pulled down.
Muniz told police that an unknown male had sexually assaulted her, the affidavit states. But investigators said her story had holes: Information about her activities the day of the crime were inconsistent with her story, and medical tests failed to corroborate her claim of a sexual assault.
“What was reported to us that had taken place, there was not any way that could have happened,” Plano police spokesman David Tilley said.
Muniz and Mitch Ford, engaged in December, had been fighting over text messages and a topless video on Muniz’s cell phone that Ford believed she sent to a personal trainer. Before Ford left for work that day, he told Muniz that they were breaking up.