Search continues for woman who disappeared before being charged with toddler's death

Authorities continue their search for Berny Mayel Figueroa, who they say killed a two-year-old girl in Brenham. (Photo courtesy: Lone Star Fugitive Task Force)

Authorities continue their search for a baby-sitter, they say, killed a two-year-old girl in Brenham.

The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force is hoping to expand the search in this 2008 case to bring justice to the toddler and her family.

The woman they are looking for is Berny Figueroa. They believe she left Texas a day before being charged with capital murder.

It all happened on March 11, 2008 when Figueroa was babysitting two-year old Alexia Lopez. When her mom, Sandra Lopez, picked her up, she noticed something was wrong.

"I could tell she was having a hard time breathing and I remember she was cold, she kept saying 'mama I'm cold,'" Lopez said during a 2016 interview.

She rushed her toddler to the hospital, but hours later, investigators told her that Alexia had died of blunt force trauma to the stomach.

"This was done out of some kind of immediate rage or anger by Berny Figueroa," said Supervisory Deputy Marshal Hector Gomez.

Police interviewed her several times, getting conflicting stories. But before she was charged, Figueroa escaped.

"She eventually sought refuge back in her home country in Honduras," Gomez said.

Over the years, Brenham Police, the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, the FBI and the Texas Rangers have worked on this case.

"We tend to see the passage of time almost to our benefit," Gomez said.

Authorities believe there are times when Figueroa is not looking over her shoulder and they are expanding their search nationally and internationally.

"To give law enforcement those critical tips we hope that one day this will bring about the arrest of Berny Figueroa," Gomez said.

Their goal is to help bring closure and justice to a mother who is not giving up.

"What was so awful that a two-year-old did to you to make you so mad for you to hit her the way that you did? I don't understand it. I don't get it," Lopez said.

If you have any information on her whereabouts call the lone star fugitive task force at 512-800-4213.

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