For Immediate Release - March 16, 2011

Tejada-Pleitez Murder Charge

Nantucket Police Chief William Pittman and Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe announced that Dora Alicia Tejada Pleitez (DOB: 10/25/1984) of 13B Pine Tree Road, Nantucket was arrested and 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. Ms. Tejada Pleitez was arraigned in the Nantucket District Court for First Degree Murder and was held without bail pending a mental competency hearing. Ms. Tejada Pleitez is scheduled to return to the Nantucket District Court on Monday, March 21, 2011.

The case is still under active investigation by members of the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Cape & Islands District Attorney's Office and the Nantucket Police Department.