UPDATE: Prosecutors Say Homedale Woman Burned Body of Toddler in a Barrel

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UPDATE: 4 p.m.

Owyhee County Sheriff's Deputies arrested 29-year-old Veronica Herrera in connection with the death of her 2-year-old daughter. Herrera is charged with felony destruction of evidence and faces further charges.

Prosecutors said Herrera burned the body of her daughter in a barrel last week. Investigators said Herrera admitted to burning the body, fearing that a felony investigation would soon discover the girl's disappearance.

Police said Herrera told them that her daughter had died due to a head injury and she burned the body of the toddler because she didn't want to lose custody of her other children.


ORIGINAL POST: 9 a.m.

Idaho State Police are helping Homedale Police investigate what is being called "a suspicious death" of a child.

No charges have been filed, but an Owyhee County prosecutor told KTVB Sunday night that investigators are looking into allegations that a mother killed her child and possibly burned the remains at a Washington Avenue home.

"It's a suspicious death investigation," Sgt. Mike McFetridge of the Homedale Police Department told KTVB . "Currently, at this time, we can't release information because of the sensitivity."

Law enforcement stressed that there was "no present danger for the community."