A first trial was held in Los Angeles on Monday in the case of an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who had locked her malnourished 10-year-old son in a closet for three years before the police found his corpse.
A LAPD officer gave horrific testimonies about the & # 39; very skinny, fragile looking & # 39; Yonatan Daniel Aguilar, who weighed 34 pounds when found dead on August 22, 2016 in the cupboard of his home in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles.
The boy's mother, Veronica Aguilar, 42, has been accused of murder and child abuse. She has not pleaded guilty.
Yonatan, a child with special needs, was found dead wrapped in a blanket. He was pale, stiff and curled in a fetal position with wounds on his face when officers found him.
Authorities say his mother gave the boy a cold alcohol-based medicine that made him sleepy.
Yonatan Daniel Aguilar was found dead in a blanket found in his home in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles on August 22, 2016. He was pale, stiff, and curled in a fetal position with wounds in his face when officers found him
The boy's mother, Veronica Aguilar, 42, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, has been accused of murder and child abuse
& # 39; I saw a very skinny, frail-looking boy, & # 39; said LAPD officer Abel Munoz on Monday during a preparatory hearing in Los Angeles.
Munoz said that the boy looked no older than 6 years, according to him KNBC TV.
The officer found the boy after responding to the scene because of a call from Yonatan's stepfather, Jose Pinzon Avila.
Avila went to a nearby 7-Eleven store to call, telling the police that Yonatan was dead.
According to Munoz, Pinzon Avila was & # 39; hysterical, he panted, he hyperventilated, he panicked. & # 39;
Researchers could not figure out how Pinzon Avila and the other three children of Veronica Aguilar were unaware that Yonatan was locked up in a closet for three years.
Pinzon Avila stated in court that his wife told him that she had sent Yonatan to Mexico for treatment of behavioral problems.
He said his wife routinely complained about Yonatan's behavior.
According to Pinzon Avila, she thought she did not get enough help from the school or the government because she and her son had no papers.
& # 39; She would cry a lot because she would say she didn't know what to do, & # 39; he testified.
Police say Yonatan only weighed 34 pounds and was malnourished when they found his body in the cupboard of his family home
Pinzon Avila said that Yonatan was a gluttonous eater who was & # 39; short, chubby (s) he was playful. & # 39;
Veronica Aguilar is accused of neglecting her son and leaving him seriously malnourished until he died.
If she is convicted, she gets 15 years in prison for every charge.
Aguilar did not plead guilty to the accusations.
If the case comes to court, prosecutors will try to add a special circumstance flag of torture, making Aguilar eligible for the death penalty or life imprisonment without the possibility of conditional release.
Reports show that the boy was the subject of countless allegations of child abuse in the course of his short life.
Yonatan & # 39; s stepfather, Jose Pinzon Avila (above), testified Monday during the preliminary hearing in Los Angeles. He said his wife had told him that Yonatan had been sent to Mexico for treatment of behavioral problems
He was in the Department of Children and Family Services & # 39; high risk & # 39; radar for abuse from 2009 to 2012, but the police have never started an investigation, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Two reports in 2002 came before Yonatan was born and relate to at least one of his older brothers and sisters.
The department first became concerned about Yonatan when he came to school with scratches on his face in October 2009.
Then he told four to a police officer who had beaten his mother and scratched him.
She denied it and said he might have been injured by sleeping on the floor.
Despite the fact that they were marginalized four times, social workers did not open a case where the claims about physical abuse were not decisive.
In December 2011, the child abuse hotline received a phone call about Yonatan and one of his siblings who claimed they were being neglected.
The unknown caller said the boy was born prematurely in Mexico.
His mother was advised by doctors to keep him in the hospital for a few months, but she left three days after he was born.
He had an intellectual disability and could not control his bowel movements and bladder, the caller said.
On December 18, 2011, Yonatan's mother found him in the shower and tried to wash his clothes after he had wet himself.
& # 39; I saw a very emaciated, frail-looking child, & # 39; LAPD officer Abel Munoz, who said that Yonatan didn't look older than 6 years.
She called 911 and he was diagnosed with hypothermia and was taken to the hospital.
Once again it was established that he was at high risk of abuse, but social workers did not open a case because they said the allegations of neglect were unfounded.
In March 2012 the boy came to school with a black eye and told conflicting stories about how he got it.
A school official called the DCFS, but again, no case was opened.
Days later a teacher called the ward saying that the child often came to school dirty and was always hungry.
The teacher said he would take as much food as possible from the canteen and bring it to the class to eat.
But again, no case was opened.
Social workers wrote in his file that he was being treated by a doctor and a therapist for hoarding food – and that the teacher had called before discussing with the director.
After 2012, Yonatan reportedly fell off the radar of the country.
At the time of his death, he and his three brothers and sisters, now ranging in age from 17 to 21, lived in a one-bedroom home with his mother and their stepfather.
Pinzon Avila, the stepfather, reported the boy's death and was found by the police who were crying in the parking lot of a nearby supermarket.
His mother was outside the house and walked with a dog.
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