Baby sitter released on immigration bond

Maria Zavala-Almanza, formerly identified under the false name Maria Zavala-Espinosa

A woman who was jailed in Montrose County for four months in connection with the death of a child she was baby-sitting is free after her release from the El Paso County Jail.

Maria Zavala-Almanza, who has been identified as Maria Zavala-Espinosa in Montrose, was released on an immigration bond, El Paso County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Mike Schaller said Thursday.

No further details were available.

Persons released on immigration bonds can be freed under a variety of circumstances, from posting bond to being released on their own recognizance. Some are freed with ankle bracelets, depending on individual circumstances, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Carl Rusnok said Thursday.

No information about the terms of Zavala-Almanza’s bond or her immediate whereabouts were available.

Zavala-Almanza could face charges anew, depending on the outcome of a continuing investigation into the death on Oct. 7 of 4-month-old Angel Nieto, whom she was baby-sitting.

Charges of first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death were dismissed without prejudice earlier this month, and she was released from the jail into the custody of immigration authorities.


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