Woman Sought after Young Daughter Gives Birth
ALVIN, Texas - It was a horrifying case. In early 2010, FOX 26 first learned about a Brazoria County man accused of raping his 11-year-old stepdaughter and impregnating her. New evidence has developed that has led to a grand jury indictment of the girl's own mother on the same charge -- aggravated sexual assault of a child.
A warrant has been issued for the mother's arrest, and investigators need help finding her.
Mirella Garcia Caple, 36, and her husband Stephen Caple, 28, lived in Alvin with the woman's children. In 2009, investigators uncovered what they call years of sexual abuse against one of Garcia Caple's daughters.
"Any situation where a child is hurt is horrible. Children trust their parents. They trust their stepparents," said Gwen Carter, spokeswoman for Child Protective Services.
Court documents reveal that Stephen Caple began raping his daughter when she was just six years old. In 2009, the girl got pregnant around her 11th birthday, and DNA tests confirmed that Caple fathered the child.
In December 2009, the girl she gave birth to a full-term baby.
"Based on that information, CPS went to court. We do have custody of the children. We placed them with relatives, and they're safe," said Carter.
But the case is not over. On Tuesday evening, FOX 26 News visited the home of Garcia Caple upon learning of her charge. Brazoria County investigators and the district attorney's office did not return calls from FOX 26 for comment about the case.
From the start, CPS caseworkers were suspicious of the mother's behavior.
"Anytime we're concerned a parent may know something or may have allowed abuse or neglect, there's a great concern," said Carter.
Investigators say Caple may be driving a burgundy Toyota Corolla. She frequently accepts work as a home-based health care contractor, takes part in Girl Scouts of America activities and works with special needs children.
Anyone with information on where Caple can be found is asked to contact Brazoria County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-460-2222. There may be a reward available for information that leads to Caple's arrest.
Mirella Garcia Caple's husband, Stephen Caple, was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and arrested in January. Investigators have issued a warrant for Mirella Garcia Caple on the same charge.
Stephen Caple remains in jail on $200,000 bond awaiting trial.