A 19-year-old mother accused of stashing the bodies of her two young children under her apartment said she was "sorry for everything."
Valerie Lopez was being held on $10 million bond after being arrested Saturday and charged with capital murder in the death of her 14-month-old daughter Sariyah Garcia.
Police say Lopez admitted to beating the girl to death on Christmas Eve and hiding her body beneath the home.
Two months later, according to police accounts of Lopez's statements, she put the body of her 5-month-old son Sebastian Lopez under the house after she accidentally rolled over him and killed him.
"I'm just sorry, just sorry for everything, because I hurt everybody that I love," Lopez said Sunday in a jailhouse interview with the San Antonio Express-News.
When pressed about her children's deaths, a sobbing Lopez said: "I want to talk to my attorney ... I don't want to talk about anything. All I can say is, my kids mean everything to me."
Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed said she plans to seek the death penalty against Lopez.
Police had been searching for Lopez and her boyfriend Jerry Salazar since Tuesday night when the children's bodies were found by residents of a triplex who were trying to locate the source of a foul odor they had been smelling for as long as two weeks.
San Antonio Police Department spokesman Joe Rios said the causes of death for the children had not been released, but the Bexar County medical examiner's office has ruled that they were not accidental.
Salazar, 28, was arrested and charged with injury to a child causing serious bodily injury by omission. He was aware Lopez was abusing her children, police said. His bond was set at $1.1 million, including a warrant for driving with an invalid license.
Lopez said she had been taking medication for bipolar disorder for two years but quit when the doctor visits became too expensive. Stopping the medicine brought on mood swings and periods of forgetfulness, she said. She said that if she could have done things differently, she would have kept taking the medication.
"I try to control it," she told the newspaper.
Lopez's sister, Tina Vara, said her sister wouldn't ask for help or acknowledge her troubles.
"She would just hide everything," Vara said. "These babies would have been alive had she just asked for help."