Davaughn’s final hours

Cold, gray child had abrasions over entire body

Kimberly Rubio

Assistant editor

Sabrina Vielma’s documented account of the hours before she discovered her 4-year-old son lying in a pool of blood on the kitchen floor, the young boy’s arrival at Uvalde Memorial Hospital and the subsequent investigation into the cause of his death were explored this week during Vielma’s sentencing hearing held at the Medina County Jail in Hondo.

Last month, as part of a plea agreement that eliminated punishment by death, Vielma admitted to intentionally and knowingly, by omission, causing serious bodily injury to Davaughn Rodriguez by striking him with her hands and/or an instrument or failing to prevent the same from occurring.

The plea downgraded previous charges of capital murder to injury to a child by omission, a first degree felony. Vielma also waived her right to apply for probation. She faces between 5-99 years in prison for Davaughn’s Dec. 11, 2011, death.

A possible plea agreement for Cel’ves Cook, Vielma’s co-defendant, also came to light this week when, at the start of the sentencing hearing, Vielma’s defense attorney Clay Steadman announced he was not ready for trial.


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