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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