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A Mother Cries Out for Justice

Snow Jimenez was in court today for her arraignment on the death of her 2-year-old stepson, Micah Castillo. Micah's mother and several other family members also arrived in court today.
Snow Jimenez was in court today for her arraignment on the death of her 2-year-old stepson, Micah Castillo. Micah's mother, Nelle Sanchez, and several other family members also arrived in court today.

The scene inside the Jones County Courthouse was overwhelming for Sanchez.

"Right now I'm just trying to take it all in and it's just barely getting to me little by little because I block it out everyday it's not something I want to deal with," said Sanchez.

It's been just over three months since her 2-year-old son, Micah Castillo, was killed. The medical examiner ruled it was a result of trauma to his abdomen. Investigators say Micah's step-mother, Snow Jimenez, called 9-1-1 and said that he'd fallen and wouldn't get up.

That same day Micah's father, Ray Gifford III, was arrested on unrelated family assault charges. The Jones County District Attorneys' office says Gifford's attorney has waived his arraignment. Gifford faces two counts of Injury to a Child.

"It's hard...what they don't understand is how do I explain to my little girl that her brother's not coming back? They don't understand everything that she's done to this whole family. It's not just me and it wasn't just Micah it was our whole family," said Sanchez.

Today in court Jimenez was asked by Judge, Brooks Hagler if she understood the charges against her, regarding the death of 2-year-old Micah. Previously, the Grand Jury ruled Jimenez had shoved Micah into the armrest of a couch, fatally wounding the toddler.

Jimenez faces two separate counts for murder and one charge of injury to a child. Today, she pleaded "not guilty" to all three charges. The state asked for a trail by jury, which was granted and has been set for May of this year.

"I just keep hoping and I keep praying that one day, my New Years resolution this year is for forgiveness and I keep praying one day I will forgive her for what she did but until then she needs to ask God for forgiveness and face up for what she did," added Sanchez.

No members from Snow Jimenez' or Ray Gifford's family were available for comment.

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