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Man charged in connection with teen's New Year's Day death in South Austin

Man charged in connection with teen's New Year's Day death in South Austin

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Sophia Martinez Courtesy of KVUE
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KVUE -- A charge has been made in the New Year's Day death of a teenage girl.

Mario Angeles-Hernandez, 23, has been charged with child endangerment. He is out of police custody on a $100,000 bond.

Police found Sophia Martinez, 13, unresponsive at a home on Lakehurst Drive in South Austin the morning of January 1. She was unable to be revived by a police officer, and she died a short time later at Dell Children's Medical Center.

According to a police affidavit, witnesses told police they saw a Hispanic male with gold teeth in a black car drop off Martinez and her 15-year-old friend at the house on Lakehurst Drive around 11 a.m. on January 1.

Martinez's friend was interviewed by police and told them the girls were supposed to stay at the South Austin home, but they sneaked out on New Year's Eve to meet a man they met at a bus stop.

The teens went to another home where Mario Hernandez, who the girl called "Joe" lives with his roommate, Jose Ricardo Garcia-Zivala, 23.

The 15-year-old told police the girls drank significant amounts of alcohol that night. She says she saw Martinez drink five servings of Grey Goose Vodka and four servings of whiskey.

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