EXCLUSIVE: Mother of Baby Found Dead in Odessa Speaks Out

EXCLUSIVE: Mother of Baby Found Dead in Odessa Speaks Out

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - We're learning more details surrounding the death of a three-month-old baby in Odessa early Tuesday morning.

The infant's mother is speaking out only to NewsWest 9.

The young mother said she's devastated and also said her baby had already died when she woke up Tuesday morning.

Now she and officials are awaiting the results of an autopsy to find out what exactly happened.

A blue fleece blanket is all 19-year-old Gina Vasquez has left of her baby boy.

"He was a wonderful little boy," Vasquez said. "Everybody loved him, he was my Thanksgiving baby."

On Tuesday morning, three-month-old Nessariha Rae was found dead inside a home in the 3100 block of N. Dixie.

Vasquez said she woke up around 5 a.m. to use the restroom and then went to check on the baby.

"That's when I noticed he wasn't alive," Vasquez said. "He was already purple. I ran and I cried to my step dad and I told him my son was dead."

Vasquez said she also noticed something else.

"He had blood on him in the back," Vasquez said. "By the pillow where he was laying. It was on the edge of it."

Family members tried CPR on the infant and called 911.

"They just ran into the house and tried to see if they could make him come alive because he was still a little bit warm so I guess it barely happened or something, I really don't know," Vasquez said.

The mother said Nessariha seemed fine the night before and she didn't hear any coughing or anything else unusual while she slept.

NewsWest 9 asked Vasquez if she thought there was anything suspicious that had happened.

"No, he was good and taken care of," she said.

Vasquez said she's devastated and waiting for answers.

Until then, she's holding on to the last memory she has of her son.

"He was just kicking with me and playing around like he always does. He starts laughing with me and he starts baby talking with me," Vasquez said. "Now that he's gone, I still have my daughter but I'm never gonna forget about him."

Odessa Police said the case is being investigated as an unattended death and the baby's body has been sent to Tarrant County for an autopsy.

Be sure to stay with NewsWest 9 as we continue to follow any updates on this story.