HOUSTON (KIAH) — A couple have been charged with the death of their 8-year-old child from two years ago.

Ruben Moreno, 29, and Soledad Mendoza, 29, were both charged with capital murder of a person under 10 years of age, along with injury to a child. The couple was arrested without incident last Friday.

The charges stem from an incident back on the evening of Dec. 21, 2020, when Houston police went to Memorial Hermann – Memorial City Hospital for a report of a deceased child. Paramedics had transported a child to the hospital with multiple injuries and bruises.

The 8-year-old girl, named Melanie, was declared dead shortly after arriving.

Further investigation showed that the girl showed signs of starvation and other injuries, including chronic rib fractures.

Investigators said after a lengthy investigation, Mendoza, the child’s mother, along with Moreno, her boyfriend, were charged with the child’s murder.

The couple’s two other children, the surviving twin and an infant, have now been put into foster care.