San Jose mom accused of tossing toddler out window

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Posted: Dec 29, 2011 10:38 AM
San Jose mom accused of tossing toddler out window

A San Jose mother accused of tossing her toddler son out a second-story apartment window on Christmas Day has been charged with child abuse and child endangerment.

Santa Clara County prosecutors say they decided against charging 24-year-old Lupita Cortez with attempted murder because that would have required proof that Cortez intended to kill the child, and the evidence did not support that.

The San Jose Mercury News ( http://bit.ly/v7Mjxw) reports that Cortez had been hospitalized with severe depression days earlier.

The 22-month old boy survived the fall with bumps and bruises. Authorities say Cortez is being treated for broken bones after jumping from the same window when officers arrived.

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Information from: San Jose Mercury News, http://www.sjmercury.com