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Boy found dead in Echo Park had been kept in closets for three years, court records show

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ECHO PARK —  Court records obtained by the L.A. Times show that Yonatan Daniel Aguilar, the boy whose malnourished body was found last August, had been allegedly sedated by his mother and locked away in closets for three years before his death.

The documents also revealed other details about the final days of the 11-year-old Yonatan, whose family moved into a small home near the corner of Rosemont Avenue and Santa Ynez Street a few months ago. Said the Times:

“In recent months, the four children lived with their mother and stepfather in the cramped one-bedroom house on Santa Ynez Street. Aguilar and [the boy’s stepfather]  slept in the living room, and one child slept in a shed in the backyard. Two children shared a bed in the bedroom, while Yonatan — who was reportedly autistic — stayed in the bedroom closet, records state ….Yonatan’s oldest brother, who is 18, told authorities the family had recently moved to the Echo Park home but that they were able to hide Yonatan in the closet at a previous home as well.”

Yonatan’s mother, Veronica Aguilar, told persons that her son was in Mexico after he was taken out of school and kept hidden as the family moved to different locations. Even Yonatan’s stepfather, Jose Pinzon, said that he was unaware that the boy was being kept in the closet. Aguilar has pleaded not guilty to murder charges.

More details in the L.A. Times.

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8 comments

  1. So sad. People, if you see something in your family that isn’t right, tell someone. It’s not snitching if you’re saving a kid’s life.

  2. I’m sorry but how in the HELL did the stepfather not know this boy was being hidden? Not buying this at all.

    • Apologies, am reading the actual Times article now. The stepfather was not aware the child even lived with them. My god how tragic and depraved. Throw the book at this evil “mother”.

      • I read the Times’ story and still do not believe the stepfather did not know about this poor little boy. I haven’t seen any information on how long the stepfather had been in the picture, but according to the Times he knew of and loved the boy and thought he was in Mexico?

        • Nothing but crocodile tears on the part of the stepfather. Of course he knew this kid was being abused but rather then stop the torture, he turned the other way. He should be brought up on charges as well. Who needs Halloween with horror stories like this.

        • @minfran @Ishamine: RIGHT. You mean to tell me that in a 1 BDRM home, that man never opened a closet? Crock of caca. No way.

  3. And f*ck this 15 years MAXIMUM sentence if convicted. That poor baby suffered from birth due to an entire family, the state, and county’s complacency. But the mother (!) deliberately lied and withheld the truth his entire life. 15 years is a crock of sh*t.

  4. Death penalty.

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