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Man faces additional charge in 13-year-old's death

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An Austin man charged in connection with the death of a teenage girl on New Year's Day is now facing an additional charge in the case.

Austin Police have charged Mario Angeles-Hernandez, 23, with Indecency with a Child by Contact, a 2nd Degree Felony. He is also facing a charge of Endangering a Child in the death of 13-year-old Sophia Martinez.

On January 1, APD officers found Martinez unconscious at the home of a friend on Lakehurst Drive in South Austin. Officers attempted unsuccessfully to revive the teen on the scene. She was later pronounced dead at Dell Children's Hospital.

Witnesses at the scene on Lakehurst Drive told authorities that they saw a Hispanic male with gold teeth, driving a black car, drop off Martinez and her friend on New Year's Day, according to arrest affidavits.

During an interview with authorities, Martinez's 15-year-old friend said the girls were supposed to spend the night at the home on Lakehurst Drive, but they left and called a man, known to them as "Joe," who they had met at a bus stop a couple of weeks earlier. Angeles-Martinez told the girls he would send his roommate, Jose Garcia-Zavala, 23, to pick them up and bring them to his home on Lambs Lane.

According to arrest documents, the friend told authorities that she and Martinez drank a significant amount of alcohol. She claimed to have witnessed Martinez drink five servings of Grey Goose Vodka and four servings of Whiskey. She also stated that the two men provided them with some type of synthetic marijuana.

According to authorities, the 15-year-old told them that she saw Angeles-Hernandez and Martinez kissing at some point during the night, and the next morning noticed "hickies" on his neck that were not there the night before.

Angeles-Hernandez agreed to an interview with authorities. After initially denying any knowledge of Martinez or her friend, he admitted that the two girls had indeed been at his home on Lambs Lane, and that he did provide alcohol to them. He also admitted to kissing and touching Martinez inappropriately due to "temptation."

The next morning, Martinez's friend found her lying on a couch in the living room of the home, unresponsive, according to arrest affidavits. The friend pleaded with the two residents of the home for help, but was told that they did not want any "drama" at their house, and then dropped the two girls back off at the home on Lakehurst Drive about half an hour later.

About 75 friends and family held a vigil for Martinez on January 2nd. A memorial fund has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses. To help, you can donate at any Bank of America, to account number: 586031387504.

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