The great-grandmother of a four-year-old boy who is a boy who died under suspicious circumstances says he begged not to go back to his parents' house shortly before they claimed he was drowning.
Noah Cuatro, four, died last Saturday morning after being transferred to the Palmdale Regional Hospital on Friday afternoon and then to the Children's & Los Angeles Hospital with injuries that were not consistent with drowning. Details of the injuries were not shared by investigators.
But it has been speculated that Noah would not have been able to reach the gate of a swimming pool in their Palmdale, California apartment complex only because it remains closed and he was too small to gain access.
Eva Hernandez says that her great-grandchild was in foster homes three months after birth and lived with her for nine months, but the boy was taken back from his parents after a year due to malnutrition and neglect.
Noah Cuatro (left) died in California last Saturday under suspicious circumstances and the boy reportedly tried to warn his great-grandmother months ago but remained silent for his mother (right)
The parents of the Palmdale boy called 911 on Friday afternoon and claimed that he drowned in the apartments of Mountain Shadows, but it is suggested that he could not reach the pool without help
Greta's grandmother, Eva Hernandez, said: & I said to the social workers: "He does not want to leave, he wants to stay here, he begged me." She warned the social workers in May
After another time in foster care, Hernandez cared for him for two years until last November, when he begged not to go back to his mother Ursula and father.
& # 39; I said to the rescuers: & # 39; Please, he doesn't want to leave. He wants to stay here. He begged me & # 39;, & # 39; Hernandez said KTLA. & # 39; He would hold me and say: & # 39; Don't send me back, grandmother. & # 39; I do not know. I could do nothing. I just had to send it back. & # 39;
Hernandez shouted that by the time she saw him again six months later, the little boy clearly needed help.
Noah reacted in a disturbing way around his mother and other family members had hinted that Noah was not well cared for.
& # 39; He was no longer the same boy, & # 39; Hernandez continued. & # 39; He looked so sad and withdrawn.
& # 39; He didn't have the chance. She just looked at him and he said nothing. He would say, & # 39; grandma & # 39 ;, then he would just quit. I kept saying: & # 39; What's wrong? Tell me darling, & # 39; and he wouldn't say. & # 39;
Noah was in and out of foster homes all his life because of malnutrition and neglect. Noah is even younger
Noah & # 39; s parents called 911. They were interrogated but not arrested or charged on Wednesday
Hernandez believes that if the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) had responded to her complaint in a different way, Noah might still be alive.
She asked them to visit the house unannounced, but they warned the parents that they were coming and when they checked, everything seemed fine.
Noah had a one-month-old baby brother, a two-year-old sister, and an older brother who has also been in and out of foster care.
& # 39; If they had taken him away from there, he would still be there, & # 39; Hernandez said. & # 39; The children have no voice. & # 39;
The sheriff department in Los Angeles announced their investigation on Tuesday.
The authorities announced that they had investigated Tuesday about Noah's death
The four-year-old boy had three other siblings, including and an older brother, who was and was also in foster homes. He also had a brother of one month old and a sister of two years old
Hernandez thinks he might have been saved if social workers had listened to her. Se asked for an unannounced home check, but they told the parents that they were coming and everything seemed fine
There was no lifeguard in the pool at Mountain Shadows apartments and detectives search for security images and speak to witnesses.
Noah & # 39; s parents made the 911 and the authorities said that other family members were present at that time. His cause of death has not been explained.
The parents were interviewed but were not arrested or charged on Wednesday.
The three other children were taken from their homes that, according to neighbors, the family entered a month ago.
& # 39; We are retrieving the case file right now and we are going to view that case file, and we will have more information in the coming days & # 39 ;, said LASD Lt. Joe Mendoza in a press conference this week.
It is the third striking case with a boy from the Antelope Valley who died in a DCFS home placement. Anthony Avalos, 10, from Lancaster died in June 2018, and Gabriel Fernandez, eight from Palmdale, died in May 2013.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger said that more details will be available when they are ready: & # 39; It is important to find out the facts. If you say it doesn't happen fast enough, this is a deep dive … like we do in all our business, like we did at Gabriel, like we did with Anthony. & # 39;
A GoFundMe page had raised $ 1,200 from a goal of $ 3,000 on Thursday.
Anyone with information can call Moord Detectives at (323) 890-5500 or the anonymous Crime Stoppers tip line at (800) 222-8477.
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