Echo Park woman suspected in son’s death

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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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  1. Such an awful thing to happen to this boy. Once again, we’re left to ask why relatives, neighbors, and family friends didn’t act on his behalf, and why DCFS dropped the case after two calls when this boy was littler. If he attended school weren’t there signs that would set off an alarm…malnutrition being one?

    I just can’t say how sad this makes me.

    • This is such a tragedy. As a teacher working with children, I see more and more stressed out parents and neglected children. I truly wish birth control was a larger, more openly discussed option and we were a society far more open to the idea of it being ok NOT to have children. I love children, but many, many people do not understand the day to day stress raising children involves. If we lived in a society where it was ok for women NOT to procreate, I honestly think our society would be better off. This tragedy breaks my heart. I only hope that boy has some peace finally.

      • Agreed, but unfortunately a large number of those who do not use birth control are catholic and the catholic church aids and abets the practice of large families.

      • Let’s just be honest – for some women, having babies is a business. The state pays for pregnancies and then gives benefits to the mothers for each child, including healthcare and EBT cards. The more kids you have, the more benefits you get. May be the approach is wrong, perhaps we need to pay them NOT to have kids. I’m for having as many as you want, just so long as you will provide for them and not abuse them. I don’t know what was going on with this monster of a woman, but she sure didn’t bring that child into this world with good intentions, otherwise he wouldn’t have suffered so.

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