His nickname rising up was “Chubby,” however when detectives discovered 10-year-old Yonatan in a closet, he was a stunning 34 kilos.
“I noticed a really gaunt, frail-looking youngster, who at the moment to me seemed like a 5, 6 or 7-year-old boy,” stated LAPD Det. Abel Munoz.
Veronica Aguilar, a mom of 4, is accused of neglect, inflicting Yonatan’s loss of life.
Investigators are bewildered at how she and her different kids saved Yonatan hidden in a closet of a tiny one-bedroom home a secret to his stepdad for 3 years.
The boy’s stepdad, Jose Pinzon, testified that she had instructed him that she despatched the boy away to Mexico for therapy.
Yonatan had particular wants and conduct issues in class.
Pinzon testified by way of interpreters that consultations with psychologists did not appear to assist, that his mom spoke usually of sending him again to Mexico the place he would possibly get higher therapy, and that she was undocumented and felt helpless.
“She would cry quite a bit as a result of she would say she did not know what to do,” Pinzon testified.
Pinzon says he by no means noticed any signal that Yonatan was in the home. He labored 18 hours a day, and he slept on the ground away from the youngsters and his spouse.
He was baffled, then hysterical when Aguilar instructed him she had not despatched the boy to Mexico, that he was useless in their very own home.
How did the kid die? There’s proof that Aguilar was feeding him an alcohol-based chilly medication that made him sleepy.
The preliminary listening to is constant for a number of days. Yonatan’s siblings and the coroner are additionally set to testify.
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