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Mother of girl found in attic to be charged with cruelty

LAWRENCEVILLE - The mother of a 4-year-old found dead in a Lawrenceville attic 18 months after the child's alleged murder faces felony cruelty to children charges in connection with the girl's 2007 death, an arrest warrant shows.

Police said Amy Yesemia Ruiz, 20, who is on her way back to Gwinnett from Mexico, failed to "provide or call for medical assistance" for her daughter, Prisi Vasquez, after her husband, Christian Vasquez, allegedly fractured the girl's skull - killing her - between Jan 1 and Feb. 15, 2007, according to the warrant.

Christian Vasquez, 23, who police say is in Mexico, allegedly hid the death from authorities and stuffed the girl's body in the attic of their Lawrenceville house before he, Ruiz and the couple's other child moved to Mexico in April 2007. He faces one count of murder.

On Wednesday - the day the warrant for her arrest was taken out - Gwinnett police confirmed Ruiz had been contacted by authorities and was on her way back to Gwinnett. She is cooperating with the investigation, Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said in a phone interview Wednesday.

Investigators were tipped by a family member who had a phone conversation with Ruiz in which she confessed one of her children had died at her former Gwinnett home - 729 Stillwater Lane in Lawrenceville - but that her husband hid the body in the house because they did not have legal custody of their two children and they were afraid of getting in trouble.

On June 20, homicide investigators gained permission from the home's current tenant to search the residence. There, authorities discovered the remains of Prisi Vasquez' body in the home's attic. An autopsy revealed the cause of death was homicide by way of a fractured skull in the back of her head.

A warrant for the arrest of Christian Vasquez was obtained by police on June 21, records show.

He remains at-large, though police say they have been in contact with Mexican law enforcement to bring him back.