Melissa Lucio, 53, was found guilty of the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Mariah Alvarez, in 2008.
The children of Melissa Lucio, a mother-of-14 from Harlington, Texas are begging for her release from execution. Lucio was found guilty, back in 2008, of the death of her two-year-old daughter, Mariah. Prosecutors claimed that Lucio beat her baby to death but the mother insisted that her daughter died from injuries sustained during a fall down a flight of stairs. Lucio's lawyers also pointed out that the evidence revealed that it was a tragic accident, according to CBS News. She is scheduled to be put to death on April 27. If Lucio is executed, she would be the first Hispanic woman to be put to death by the State of Texas, reports The New York Post.
Time is running out for Melissa Lucio, a 53-year-old mother, who is scheduled to be executed on April 27. Her case has sparked widespread outrage, with supporters ranging from Kim Kardashian to US lawmakers, calling for it to be stopped https://t.co/fWPdAvivdT— El País English Edition (@elpaisinenglish) April 18, 2022
The Innocence Project is fighting for Lucio's life. According to the organization that works to help free the innocent and prevent wrongful convictions, Lucio was pressured to make a false statement. They state: Instead of looking into Mariah’s health history and investigating the potential causes of her injuries, authorities immediately jumped to the conclusion that she had been murdered and, through a coercive interrogation, pressured Ms. Lucio to make a false statement. Thousands of pages of Child Protective Services records show that Ms. Lucio’s 12 children never said she was violent with them. No physical evidence showed otherwise. “The State presented no physical evidence or witness testimony establishing that Lucio abused Mariah or any of her children, let alone killed Mariah,” Judge Catharina Haynes wrote on behalf of the seven dissenting judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Time is running out and Ms. Lucio deserves justice.
URGENT: We have just 9 days to stop the execution of Melissa Lucio for a crime that never occurred. Calls to @GregAbbott_TX are now open to everyone in the U.S. Contact him now, and tell him to grant Melissa clemency: 956-446-2866. #SaveMelissaLucio https://t.co/b6SvymLPBl— The Innocence Project (@innocence) April 18, 2022
Reality star and business mogul Kim Kardashian also stepped in to show her support. According to ABC 13, in a now-deleted tweet, Kim Kardashian shared Melissa's fight to her more than 72 million followers. "People that have come forward to support my mother, it is incredible. Even though I believe it, it's unbelievable. It sounds like a contradiction I know it, but it's Kim Kardashian sharing my mother's post," son John Vincent Lucio told the outlet.
So heartbreaking to read this letter from Melissa Lucio’s children begging for the state not to kill their mother. There are so many unresolved questions surrounding this case and the evidence that was used to convict her. pic.twitter.com/SjEtsfmZeq— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) April 7, 2022
Another of Lucio's children, Bobby Alvarez, who was seven when the incident took place, is pleading for his mother's life to be saved. He said that the two-year-old child fell down a flight of stairs, and died two days later. "It was an accident," he told CBS News. "If they go through with it, they'll be killing an innocent woman." Even if his mother's death penalty is commuted, she still won't be able to go back to her family. "Right now, what I have is my family," Alvarez said. "That is what I cherish the most. So, I really try not to think about the future, because right now I have what I want."