ECHO PARK — A memorial was held for 11-year-old Yonatan Daniel Aguilar on Wednesday night as officials revealed that the boy weighed only 34 pounds when he was found dead in a closet last month.
A computer program used by the county’s Department of Children and Family Services had indicated several times that there was a high risk of abuse against Yonatan, according to social service and police records obtained by the L.A. Times. But social workers determined that “the allegations of physical abuse were inconclusive,” said the Times.
The boy’s mother, Veronica Aguilar has pleaded not guilty to murder and child abuse charges.
On Wednesday, family members gathered at Angelus Temple for a memorial service only a few blocks from where Yonatan’s body was found in his home near the corner of Santa Ynez and Rosemont Avenue.
The boy’s stepfather, Jose Pinzon, who called police about Yonatan’s death, said that “he’s still alive for me because I carry him in my heart,” according to KTLA.
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