ECHO PARK — Police on Tuesday arrested an Echo Park mother in connection with the death of her 11-year-old son, whose body was found wrapped in a blanket inside a closet, KTLA reported.
The woman, 39-year-old Veronica Aguilar, was arrested on charges of child endangerment resulting in death. The body showed signs of malnutrition and physical abuse, police said. The cause of death has not been determined.
Officials believe the boy had been dead for several hours before police were called to a home in the 2100 block of Santa Ynez on Monday afternoon. Aguilar’s husband told police that his wife said the boy was dead.
CBS 2 said that reports of possible abuse or neglect involving the boy had been filed at least three times between 2009 and 2012 to the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.
Persons with information about the case are asked to call the LAPD Abused Child Section at 213-486-0586. Anonymous tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.
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