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Sitter pleads guilty to endangerment

By CRAIG KAPITAN

Eagle Staff Writer

A baby sitter who disappeared for two days last month with the son of a Bryan police officer pleaded guilty Thursday to endangerment of a child.

Amanda Corona Martinez, 21, admitted to exposing 5-year-old Jon Martinez to illegal drugs and to failing to give him seizure medication while in her custody.

Endangering a child is a state jail felony punishable by up to two years confinement and a $10,000 fine.

Bryan police officer Angel Martinez filed a missing persons report on March 28, a day after he returned home to find his son and niece missing.

The child’s absence was potentially dire, police said, because he suffers from seizures and needs daily medication.

After deciding the boy had been abducted, an Amber Alert was issued. However, a call from Arthur Lee Parsons, an acquaintance of the woman who had spent the past two days with her, revealed that the boy was at a Bryan home.

Amanda Martinez was originally charged with kidnapping, but the charge was dropped after authorities determined she did not intend to hide the child.

After pleading guilty to the lesser charge of child endangerment Thursday, Martinez was released on bond from the Brazos County Jail. As a condition of her bond, she must undergo drug treatment.

• Craig Kapitan’s e-mail address is ckapitan@theeagle.com.

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