Plea deal still a possibility in Ceres toddler drowning case

rahumada@modbee.comJune 19, 2012 

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(BRIAN RAMSAY/ - Florcita Valdez, 34, of Ceres, called police after her 2-year-old boy went missing for about 30 minutes from their family home. The Ceres Police Department has opened a criminal investigation into the drowning of the boy, Aurelianao Valez, 2, who was discovered by rescue workers in the family's algae-tainted backyard pool minutes after authorities were called. July 20, 2010.

— Attorneys are still discussing a possible plea deal in the case of a Ceres mother accused of murder in the drowning of her 2-year-old son.

Florcita Valdez, 36, appeared briefly Tuesday morning in Stanislaus County Superior Court. Judge Linda McFadden scheduled another pretrial hearing for July 17.

If the prosecutor and the defense attorney have not reached an agreement on a plea deal by next month's hearing, they are prepared to schedule a preliminary hearing for Valdez.

Valdez's son, Aureliano Joel Valdez, was found dead in the family's pool on Larson Lane in Ceres minutes after his mother reported the boy missing on July 18, 2010. The defendant remains in custody in lieu of $500,000 bail.

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