According to NBC Bay Area, the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner determined last week that the little girl died from asphyxia due to suffocation, and her manner of death was determined to be homicide.
Hernandez and her brother went to their church and had the pastor, who also happens to be the victim’s grandfather, perform the exorcism. He reportedly has not been charged yet.
Hernandez allegedly held her daughter’s neck and squeezed it while the two men held her down. She also prevented her daughter from eating during the exorcism. NBC Bay Area reports the victim was pinned down for seven hours, and family did not call police until two hours after she died.
Hernandez was arrested Jan. 31 and booked into the Santa Clara County Jail for assault on a child resulting in death.
A few days before her arrest, Hernandez posted a nearly 44-minute long video discussing what happened and why she doesn’t want to "sit here and be negative."
She said, "I wish I could go back, but there’s no point in me doing that. I cannot change what is. It is what it is."
Hernandez recorded the video in her car and told viewers she "learned to think positive."
She added, "I sit here and think, like, what if something happened to her? What if she would’ve had a sickness? What if something would’ve happened to her? It’s a lot. At the same time, I could sit here and be negative and be sad about the whole situation that she passed away, but there’s no point. It is what it is. What’s the point?"
Hernandez also spoke about how she wants to stay positive because "at least she’s not suffering."
"In this world we suffer so much," she said. "Everything is so bad now. Everything is going downhill. That’s what I’m thankful for, that she’s not going to grow up in the world we live in."