Adriana Lisa Castillo Perez, 31, of Canadian, pleaded guilty Wednesday to capital murder in the Dec. 23 killing of Leslie Escobar Perez, 23, of Shamrock.
Adriana Perez lured Leslie Perez into an encounter at the family’s home in Shamrock with the promise of free baby clothing, a crib and other items, and then stabbed the woman multiple times before fleeing with Abcde Perez, her 2-week-old daughter, 31st District Attorney Franklin McDonough said.
The two women were not related, authorities said.
McDonough said Adriana Perez had formulated a “very elaborate plan” before meeting Leslie Perez on Facebook. She had determined she was going to kidnap a child, and had visited a Facebook group dedicated to buying and selling items in search of a target.
On Facebook, she saw a status Leslie Perez had posted expressing her excitement about having a new baby. From there, Adriana Perez contacted Leslie Perez about giving away items for the baby.
The two arranged to meet at Leslie Perez’s home on December 23, where authorities said Adriana Perez stabbed her multiple times and fled with Abcde.
Authorities found Leslie Perez outside the home where she had crawled after being stabbed.
“She … fought for her life,” McDonough said. “She fought for that baby.”
A neighbor reported a strange vehicle had been at the family’s home earlier in the day. The neighbor described the vehicle to police and authorities broadcast an alert to nearby law enforcement agencies.
Adriana Perez was stopped as she drove to Pampa by a Gray County Sheriff’s deputy later that night. She had the infant and the murder weapon in her possession, McDonough said. Abcde had not been injured.
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