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Arlington toddler dies four days after babysitter arrested

An Arlington toddler died Sunday at a Fort Worth hospital, four days after his babysitter was arrested on a charge of injury to a child.

Uriel Lara, who would have been 2 in November, died at 9:15 a.m. Sunday at Cook Children's Medical Center, the Tarrant County medical examiner reported.

The babysitter, Imelda Lazo, 28, was still being held Monday at the Arlington jail on the original charge of injury to a child, causing serious bodily injury.

"Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the injuries," said Tiara Richard, police spokeswoman, in a news release. "The charge may be upgraded by the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office."

Jail records showed that Lazo's bond has been increased to $1 million. The bond last week was $100,000.

But jail records also showed that an immigration hold has been placed on Lazo, which means she won't be allowed to post bail and leave jail.

She also was being held on traffic warrants, but jail records show "time served" has been applied to them.

Arlington police have said Lazo, at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, drove the boy to Arlington Fire Station No. 6, 2620 S. Collins St.

Officers were summoned by firefighters when they saw the extent of the boy's injuries. The toddler was taken by helicopter to Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth.

The parents were notified, and officers were interviewing witnesses and relatives to try to determine how the child was injured, police said.

The child had been in critical condition at the hospital pediatric intensive care unit until he died there Sunday morning.

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