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ANTHONY AVALOS: California vs Heather Barron & Kareem Leiva for torture death of 10-year-old

Discussion in 'Courtroom' started by Uno2Much, Jul 4, 2018.

  1. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    This is one of the saddest cases I've seen. :(

    California boy was extensively tortured over days before being killed, prosecutors allege

    LOS ANGELES — Anthony Avalos suffered at least five days of sustained torture before the 10-year-old boy was killed last month, Los Angeles County prosecutors allege in new court papers.

    The district attorney’s office said that Anthony’s mother, Heather Barron, and her boyfriend, Kareem Leiva, poured hot sauce on Anthony’s face and mouth, whipped the boy with a looped cord and belt, held him upside-down and dropped him on his head repeatedly. Prosecutors also alleged that the couple alternately withheld food and force-fed him, slammed him into furniture and the floor, denied access to the bathroom and enlisted other children in the home to inflict pain.

    Barron and Leiva have both been charged in Anthony’s death. The two appeared in a Lancaster courtroom Monday but their arraignments were postponed until Aug. 3. If convicted as charged, Barron faces a possible maximum sentence of 22 years to life in prison, and Leiva faces 32 years to life.
    In addition to the injuries suffered by Anthony that resulted in his June 21 death, the prosecution motion said that Leiva previously struck one of his brothers so hard that the boy required a trip to the hospital and staples on his head. The motion does not provide a date for that injury, but Hatami told the court that he had reviewed 74 pages of reports to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Department of Children and Family Services detailing years of abuse against Anthony and at least three of his siblings.

    Read more: http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/...fore-being-killed-prosecutors-allege-20180704

    Both departments have come under criticism by some of Anthony’s family members and community protesters for never permanently removing Anthony from the home and never arresting Barron and Leiva on suspicion of child abuse.

    The prosecution motion provides new details on some of the calls both agencies documented, beginning with a referral in April 2014 alleging that Leiva hit Anthony and three siblings with various objects, including a hose. The caller said Barron screamed at the children and locked them in their rooms for hours.

    The Department of Children and Family Services has said in recent days that no workers have been placed on desk duty for their handling of the case and no case management errors have yet been identified.

    A spokesman for Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger said the DA filing paints “a clearer picture of the senseless and horrific torture and murder of an innocent child at the hands of his own mother and her boyfriend.” He added that Barger has asked for a report examining the case to be prepared and presented to the supervisors.


    Read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-athony-avalos-torture-20180703-story.html
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  2. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    California boy, 10, allegedly starved, tortured for days before death

    PUBLISHED: July 4, 2018 at 12:10 am | UPDATED: July 4, 2018 at 12:11 am

    LOS ANGELES — A 10-year-old Southern California boy was starved and tortured for days before his death, sometimes by younger brothers and sisters forced to take part in the beatings, according to prosecutors who have charged his mother and her boyfriend with his murder.
    Heather Maxine Barron, 28, and her boyfriend, Kareem Ernesto Leiva, 32, were charged with torture and murder. They haven’t entered pleas and remained jailed on $2 million bail each pending a hearing next month.

    Hatami’s motion said that when the boy was brought to a hospital, his heart had stopped and he had suffered a traumatic brain injury and a brain bleed.

    Read more: https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/07...gedly-starved-tortured-for-days-before-death/
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  3. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Lancaster abuse case: Emotional funeral honors 10-year-old Anthony Avalos

    LANCASTER, Calif. (KABC) --
    An emotional viewing, memorial and funeral service took place Friday for Anthony Avalos, the 10-year-old boy who was allegedly tortured and murdered by his mother and her boyfriend.

    Anthony's service was held at Saint Junipero Serra Parish in Quartz Hill. Following the viewing and mass, Anthony's casket was placed on a hearse and taken to Good Shepherd Cemetery in Lancaster.

    Friends, loved ones and even complete strangers were in attendance, with hugs and tears all around. Many wore attire adorned with superhero emblems, as Anthony was a big fan of superheroes.

    "I just wanted to show my respects to everyone - to the family and to him," Maggie Dowdy said.

    Dowdy did not know Anthony, but she said she just wanted to come and show her support.

    "But I have family and grandchildren of my own, and I would hate for anybody to do anything like that to them, and we have to stand behind this child and know that people do love him," Dowdy said.

    Maria Barron, Anthony's aunt, was in tears and thanked the community members for coming together to show her nephew love and support.

    Anthony died on June 21.

    His mother, Heather Barron, and her boyfriend, Kareem Leiva, are both charged in his murder. They are behind bars and expected to be arraigned next month.

    MORE: Lancaster mother, boyfriend charged with murdering her 10-year-old son

    According to court papers, the torture included slamming the boy onto the bedroom floor, whipping him with a belt and cord, pouring hot sauce into his mouth and forbidding him to use the bathroom. He was also allegedly forced to kneel on rice for long periods of time and forced to kneel or stand in a corner for several hours.

    Authorities said Anthony's sexuality may have been a motivating factor in his death.

    Family members are also demanding a criminal investigation into social workers with the Department of Children and Family Services who oversaw the referrals made against Anthony's mother and her boyfriend.

    More than a dozen referrals were made regarding physical, emotional and sexual abuse of Anthony since 2013.

    "We want these case workers and anyone involved prosecuted, criminally charged and brought to justice," activist Naji Alli said.

  4. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Fwiw, from an article I read this morning in the LA Times, including the more than a dozen contacts with DCF since 2013 for physical or mental abuse, there was a total of 88 referrals on this family.

    88!! ........................ let that sink in.

    The family wants the case investigated and whoever mishandled this case prosecuted.

    We keep saying these cases shouldn't have happened and then it happens AGAIN!! :mad:

    This needs to stop!! NOW!

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    Mel70 Bronze Member


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