For Immediate Release - September 26, 2011

Tejada Arraignment

District Attorney Michael O'Keefe announced that Dora A. Tejada (DOB: 10/25/1984) of Nantucket was arraigned today in Nantucket Superior Court on the charge of Murder in the Second Degree. The Nantucket Grand Jury returned this Indictment on September 6, 2011.

Dora Tejada is charged with the homicide of her daughter Nicole Garcia (DOB: 7/16/2007) on Tuesday, March 15, 2011. Nantucket authorities received 911 calls on March 14, 2011 at 12:40pm for an unresponsive female child. Nantucket Police and Fire responded to 13B Pine Tree Road, Nantucket. The child was pronounced dead at the Nantucket Cottage Hospital at 1:18pm.

The defendant has been held without bail at Taunton State Hospital since her arrest. Today, the Honorable Peter Lauriat, Associate Justice of the Superior Court, maintained these terms of recognizance. At arraignment, Assistant District Attorney Sharon J. Thibeault requested that the defendant undergo an evaluation for competency and criminal responsibility. The case is now scheduled for that evaluation and pre-trial conference on November 21, 2011, during the next sitting of the Superior Court in Barnstable.