Breaking News: Mother admits to Drowning her 2 year old daughter.
The following is a statement read by Sheriff Haney on May 23, 2011 at a 3:00 p.m. Press Conference at the
Trinity County Sheriff’s Office located at 101 Memorial Drive in Weaverville, CA.
On May 20, 2011 the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 9:05 am regarding a naked woman
walking southbound on Highway 3 north of Coffee Creek.
Deputies quickly learned that the woman was Claudia Pedreros who had been reported missing the morning of
Friday, May 20
th from her residence in McKinleyville located in Humboldt County.th Sheriff’s Office personnel transported Pedreros to the locations onst.
Later that morning on Saturday, May 21
approximately 1:20 pm the body of Sophia Pedreros Parker was located in the river approximately ½ mile
south of Trinity River Campground.
Special Agents fluent in Spanish from the FBI and California Department of Justice were brought in to interview
Pedreros. During the interview Pedreros admitted taking her daughter into the river and drowning Sophia.
Pedreros then released Sophia’s body to flow downstream with the rivers current.
Pedreros was subsequently booked in the Trinity County Jail for 187 PC Murder.
st the search was expanded and continued into the early afternoon. At
Deputies were advised that Pedreros’ daughter Sophia Pedreros Parker was listed as missing as well.
Search and Rescue team members were immediately called into service along with mutual aid requests to
Shasta County, Tehama County and Humboldt County for personnel and dog teams.
Pedreros was then transported to Trinity Hospital where she was treated for minor cuts and abrasions.
Pedreros provided a blood and urine sample at Trinity Hospital. The test results were negative for narcotics.
After being cleared medically Pedreros was transported to the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office to see if she could
provide any information on the whereabouts of her daughter, Sophia Pedreros Parker. Initially Pedreros
claimed she did not have a child and never had been married.
Though Pedreros could communicate in English a Trinity County Deputy fluent in Spanish was present as
information was received from Pedreros.
Pedreros’ husband, Robert Parker, arrived at the Sheriff’s Office and assisted Detectives in attempting to
During the time Detectives were attempting to gain information on Sophia’s whereabouts from Pedreros,
Search and Rescue units including two canine units from Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and one canine unit
from Tehama County Sheriff’s Office were searching various locations starting at the location where Pedreros’
vehicle was located.
Later in the afternoon of Friday, May 20
Highway 3 where evidence had been located at the rivers edge north of Coffee Creek.
Pedreros stated that she recalled being at the river with Sophia and the pair walked down the road which
paralleled the river. Pedreros claimed she could recall nothing else.
The area where Pedreros’ vehicle was located and other areas where potential evidence had been found were
systematically searched by ground crews and canine units until approximately 12:30 am on the morning of
Saturday, May 21