Texas mother charged in death of body-in-box son

By Associated Press

TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) - A Houston-area woman has been charged in the 2011 death of her 10-year-old disabled son whose body was found in a cardboard box.

The Galveston County Daily News reports that police arrested 42-year-old Tina Madrid Wednesday on a murder charge in Texas City.

A coroner last week ruled Jonathan Singer's death a homicide.

Jonathan's body was discovered last April in a box in his father's truck in Spring Branch, a Houston neighborhood.

Authorities say the boy had cerebral palsy and was neglected. Prosecutors say Jonathan drowned after his 46-year-old father, Jeffrey Singer, left him alone in a bathtub.

Singer has been charged with serious bodily injury to a child.

Online jail records do not list an attorney for Madrid, whose bond is $50,000.

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