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Judge in Ephrata Orders Maribel Gomez Held to Avoid Deportation

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EPHRATA, Wash. -  The on going trial of a woman accused of killing her son is behind bars.   A judge ordered her jailed in order to prevent federal authorities from deporting her before the trial is over.

Maribel gomez of Ephrata is on trial for the death of her 2-year-old son, Rafael Gomez in 2003.

The 32-year-old Gomez is from Mexico and is not a legal resident of the United States.

Yesterday, the Grant County Superior Court Judge John Antosz, ordered Gomez to go to jail without bail for two days, then will be held on $250,000 bail.

It was not immediately known whether the judges order would prevent Gomez from being deported before her trial ends.

She has been free since being charged with homicide by abuse and first degree manslaughter.

Her trial started last week and is expected to last at least another week.

Judge Antosz is hearing the case because Gomez waived her right to a jury trial.

If convicted, she could face up to 26 years in prison.

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