The passenger in the car was 23-year-old Danielle Ortiz, who said she and Martinez drank at midnight. According to the complaint, Ortiz said she asked Martinez and her children to take them home after a fight.
Ortiz told the police while in the passenger seat that she and Martinez were involved in another argument. She said that Martinez then began to increase speed and eventually encountered obstacles.
According to the criminal complaint, Ortiz’s two-month-old baby safety seat was killed in a crash. The police said Martinez’s seven-year-old boy was also dead, and the police said he was in the back seat.
The other two children are also in the car. The complaint alleges that another child of Martinez had a ruptured clavicle and that another child of Ortiz had to undergo surgery for internal bleeding.
Both women were charged with two counts of abandonment or child abuse leading to death, and two counts of abandoning or child abuse leading to serious personal injury.