Homedale mother pleads guilty to death of daughter, burning her body

Homedale mother pleads guilty to death of daughter, burning her body
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - The Homedale mother accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter then attempting to burn her body in a barrel last August has made a plea agreement with prosecutors.

According to Idaho court records, Veronica Herrera has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and destruction of evidence in the case.

Herrera had been scheduled to go on trial for first degree murder in May.

She is scheduled to be sentenced in July.

Homedale Police says Herrera went to the police station and started crying to an officer saying that she had done something bad and that they'd never be able to find the body.

According to the report, Veronica's 2-year-old daughter was going to the bathroom when the toddler became upset, fell and apparently hit her head on a heater, which was next to the toilet. | Photos from the Scene

Police say Herrera later returned home after visiting her boyfriend's house and noticed the child was not breathing in her play pen and that's when she "freaked out." | Read the Police Report

"Veronica then continued to say that she did not want to lose her children about three times," the police report states.

The mother then allegedly took the girl's body and put in the back of her mini van. The following day, according to the report, Herrera walked to Paul's Market to purchase lighter fluid and later placed the body inside a barrel and set the body on fire sometime Thursday.

The woman then allegedly had the rest of her young children help add fuel to the fire, according to the report.

It's not completely known whether her children knew what they were doing, however, she told police that her 9-year-old son "may have known."