Wendy Rogel-Pagasa pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges of second-degree murder and child abuse in the death of her 2-year-old son, Jorge Zamora-Rogel.
Phoenix police say the 18-year-old mother called 9-1-1 more than three hours after the boy went unconscious -- and eventually died -- due to being badly beaten by her boyfriend Juan Garcia, who's still on the loose.
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Rogel-Pagasa was initially booked into jail on a felony child-abuse charge, but court documents show a second-degree murder charge was added from a grand jury indictment.
After Garcia allegedly beat the boy and just left when he couldn't wake the boy up, Rogel-Pagas also tried to wake him up, telling police she cleaned the "bloody froth" coming out of his mouth several times.
Rogel-Pagas told police her son's arms were spasming uncontrollably, and his erratic breathing was making a "rattling sound" -- which she recognized from "one of her dogs which died shortly after making this noise."
About 90 minutes after Garcia left, he showed up again and tried to wake the boy up -- again by hitting the kid and bending his fingers back -- which still didn't work.
Shortly before 10:45 p.m. -- more than three hours after Garcia allegedly started beating the boy -- Rogel-Pagas called 9-1-1, but the boy was pronounced dead at the home shortly after the fire department's arrival.
Police say she didn't have an explanation for waiting more than three hours to call the cops.
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