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Echo Park Boy Found Dead Was Kept In Closets For Years

Los Angeles Police Department shows Veronica Aguilar 39. Aguilar has been charged with murder in the death of her severely malnourished 11-year-old son Yonatan whose body was found wrapped in Echo Park Boy Found Dead Was Kept In Closets For Years
Zaira Scannapieco | 28 Ottobre, 2016, 20:24

Her three other children told authorities that they had known where their brother was for the past three years, but were forbidden by their mother from telling anyone. Justice will be served in the sudden death of the autistic boy with his mother now facing murder charges in his death.

Veronica Aguilar, the boy's mother is facing murder charges for his death.

An 11-year-old boy who was found dead in a closet of his family's Echo Park home was kept in closets and sedated over the course of at least three years, according to a report Thursday.

According to the Los Angeles Times, redacted court records indicate Aguilar effectively disappeared in 2012 after he was seen at school with a black eye and school officials said he was hoarding food. Two of the children actually slept in a bed right by the closet where the boy was being held.

Yonatan Daniel Aguilar, who was reportedly autistic, stopped going to school about three years ago.

Los Angeles police detectives investigating the case believed Aguilar's efforts to hide the boy were so effective that even the boy's stepfather, Jose Pinzon, didn't know Yonatan lived with them all along.

He later told police he hadn't seen Yonatan in years - until August 22, which is when Aguilar told him Yonatan was dead. The 160 pages of documents show the boy's family was the focus of six prior reports to DCFS alleging possible abuse or neglect. The awful incident was well-kept that even Jose Pinzon, the boy's stepfather, had no idea of the occurrence.

Pinzon then ran to a nearby convenience store in the Echo Park neighbourhood, where he called the police.

The LA Times said the grim details were found in records from Los Angeles County Juvenile Court. The boy's risk for abuse was marked high 4 times but the social workers did not formally open a case because the allegations of abuse were found not conclusive, NBC San Diego learned. She remains jailed on $2 million bail. If convicted, she could face a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison.

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