Parents of two-year-old nonverbal children with special needs arrested for murder after child’s burned body was found
The parents of a two-year-old with special needs in California have been arrested on suspicion of his murder.
Briseida and Sukhjinder Sran were taken into custody on Friday morning, Madera police announced at a news conference.
Chief Dino Lawson said that around 7:15 a.m., detectives issued a warrant for the parents of Thaddeus and Briseida and arrested Sukhjinder Sran.
Lawson added that both have been detained for murder.
Their home was searched shortly after the body of their son, Thaddeus Sran, was found in a rural area of Madera County
His body was burned, ABC30 reported.
Thaddeus Sran, a two-year-old boy with special needs, was reported missing on July 15
Sukhjinder Sran was arrested Friday morning with his wife Briseida
The little boy, who was nonverbal and had a feeding tube, was reported missing by his parents on July 15.
Born prematurely, Thaddeus had only recently learned to walk and still crawled for the most part.
He was last seen wearing a red shirt and Spider-Man pants over a diaper.
Police said on Tuesday that Thaddeus’ parents no longer cooperate with them in the investigation.
“Unfortunately, Thaddeus’ parents stopped working together early in the investigation,” police said.
“We think their help would be helpful in this case.
“We hope they will resume working with the officers of the Madera police and help us locate Thaddeus.”
Authorities are pictured searching the area around the Sran family home in Madeira
For a week, California police coordinated a search for the missing two-year-old
Roger Nuttal, a family lawyer, said the police forced the family to stop working together.
“They cooperated until the police were openly charged,” he said.
Thaddeus was last seen at 10 p.m. on July 14 at his family’s home in Madera, California
Police say the couple had a girl who died in 2015.
Nuttal said the baby was born prematurely and was in the hospital for several months until the parents were able to take her home, but eventually she died of SIDS.
“An investigation was done and we have the medical records confirming the baby’s fragile condition, and the case was closed. There were no costs involved, “he said.
“These are good people.
“I dare say they were not involved in any illegal behavior involving their baby,” he said.
Thaddeus was last seen at 10 p.m. on July 14 at his family’s home in the 800 block of C Street in Madera.
Local police and other agencies, including the FBI, searched the area for days before stopping the search a week ago.
The family’s neighbor, Ermelanto Espinoza, told ABC30 in Spanish that the Srans had moved to the neighborhood about two weeks before Thaddeus was reported missing.
Espinoza said he had never heard or seen the toddler or his mother at the time.
“I don’t think the boy has ever been here,” he said.
“I think the alleged kidnapping was elsewhere because I never saw anything.”
Ermelanto Espinoza (pictured) told ABC30 that about two weeks before Thaddeus was reported missing, the neighborhood moved in and he had never seen the boy
The neighbor, who gets up for work at three in the morning every morning, also remembered seeing the lights in the Sran residence burn two or three times on July 15.
‘Could be [the boy] he was asleep, but someone was up, “he said.
On Tuesday, dozens of people gathered in Madera for a candlelight vigil for the missing child.
Among those present was Sunndeep Sran, a family member of the missing boy, who told ABC30 that she had never met the two-year-old personally and hadn’t heard from the boy’s parents for months.
“They are really private and I don’t know why they don’t speak out,” she said.
The Sran family announced a $ 5,000 reward for information about the child’s whereabouts.