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  1. #1
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    May 2008
    Redondo Beach, CA

    CA - Yonatan Aguilar, 11, found dead in closet, Echo Park, 22 August 2016 *Arrest*

    This absolutely breaks my heart because it sounds like this could have been prevented. CPS had been previously called to the home. RIP beautiful boy. If this is a duplicate, please merge as I could not find this anywhere.


    ECHO PARK, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The mother of an 11-year-old boy has been arrested after the boy's body was found in a closet at their Echo Park home, authorities announced Tuesday.

    Veronica Aguilar, 39, was booked on suspicion of child endangerment resulting in death or great bodily injury, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement.

    An investigation indicated the boy suffered from signs of malnutrition and physical abuse, according to the LAPD.

    Officers responded about 2:15 p.m. Monday to the 2200 block of Sunset Boulevard, where they met with the victim's stepfather, Jose Pinzon. The man told the officers that Aguilar, his wife, had told him that her son was dead, the news release said.

    Pinzon had found the child wrapped in a blanket inside a closet at the nearby residence, located in the 2100 block of Santa Ynez Street, police said.

  2. #2
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    May 2008
    Redondo Beach, CA
    According to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, the boy has been identified as Yonaton Daniel Aguilar.

    Aguilar’s mother, Veronica, 39, is scheduled to appear in court after she was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of child endangerment that resulted in death.

    The Los Angeles Times reports Aguilar has two other children, who have since been placed in protective care.


  3. #3
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    Jan 2011
    So sorry sweet boy. RIP Yonaton
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  4. #4
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    Aug 2015
    Days apart in 2012, two teachers contacted the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services about a young boy named Yonatan Daniel Aguilar.

    One reported that the boy was suffering from general neglect. Another said he had a black eye.


    The boy’s family had been the subject of six prior reports to DCFS, the department’s director, Philip L. Browning, said Monday. Two reports in 2002 pre-dated Yonatan’s birth and involved at least one of his siblings, Browning said.

    Browning shared details about prior reports after DCFS received a court order from Michael Levanas, presiding judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s Juvenile Division, to release more information about the case.
    Much more at the link

  5. #5
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    Apr 2013

    The boy in the closet weighed 34 pounds.

    When police officers removed the mirrored doors behind which Yonatan Daniel Aguilar had died hours earlier, they found a crumpled blanket on the ground, obscuring his emaciated body — pale and stiff, curled in a fetal position, with cuts on his face.

    One officer lifted a corner of the blanket and two cockroaches crawled out. The child was so tiny that officers thought maybe he was 6 years old or so. But he was 11.

    Details about the condition of Yonatan’s body when it was found last month in his Echo Park home were disclosed in more than 100 pages of heavily-redacted case records and police reports released to The Times by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services this week.

    The records show that Yonatan’s risk of abuse at home had been marked as “high” four times from 2009 to 2012 by a county program intended to guide social workers’ level of intervention.
    The boy fell off the county’s radar after 2012, Browning said. There were no other reports about him, and DCFS does not have the legal right to inquire about a child without a report, he said.

    By 2016, Yonatan and his siblings lived with their mother and stepfather in a one-bedroom residence on Santa Ynez Street. One child slept in a shed in the backyard, records show.

    On Aug. 22, Yonatan’s stepfather, Jose Pinzon, reported the boy’s death to police. Officers found him frantic and crying in the parking lot of a nearby 7-Eleven.

    When officers got to the family’s home, Aguilar was outside, walking a dog. After finding the body, records say, one of the officers grabbed the boy’s arm and shook it.

    “Are you OK?” the officer tried asking. The boy’s arm was stiff.

    Neighbors told police they had never seen a young boy at the home.

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    This is the first time I have heard about this case. Reading this article just brought me to tears! So many opportunities to save Yonatan were missed.

    Was the step-father, Jose Pinzon, ever charged with anything?
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  6. #6
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    Jan 2016
    city of angels
    This house is directly behind my office and I parked in front of it today not realizing. I sat there and thought of this little guy. I'm beyond disturbed at how this case was treated, even though we have seen it before.

    There's a little memorial for Yonatan outside. And a letter that's been worn from the sun.

  7. #7
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    Aug 2011
    Wish his murderer(s) could suffer the same punishment !
    I'll admit I have questions about that stepdad ..if completely innocent-- why didn't he get help sooner ?

    What a cute little bug Yonatan was !! Rest and fly with the angels, sweetie.

  8. #8
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    May 2008
    Redondo Beach, CA
    Failed in so many ways. First by the one person who was supposed to protect and love him and second by the agency that is supposed to intervene when abuse happens.

    "After boy's death, L.A. County supervisors to consider reevaluating tool that calculates child abuse risk. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, responding to the death of a severely malnourished boy who was found dead in a closet last month, is considering a revamp of the county program intended to measure children’s risk of abuse. "


  9. #9
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    Jan 2011

    Records obtained reveal boy was kept in closets for three years before his death


    Los Angeles police detectives investigating the case believed Aguilar’s efforts to hide the boy were so effective that even the boy’s stepfather, Jose Pinzon, didn’t know Yonatan lived with them all along.
    Yonatan’s family had been the subject of six prior reports to DCFS alleging possible abuse or neglect, records show. Yonatan’s risk of abuse at home had been marked as “high” four times from 2009 to 2012 by a computerized program intended to gauge social workers’ level of intervention. Social workers, records show, declined to open a case, saying the allegations of physical abuse were inconclusive or unfounded.
    I hate it when we see absolute proof that the DCFS system is broken. Children are not crumbs that should ever fall through the cracks.
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  10. #10
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    Oct 2014
    san jose, ca
    this ignorant woman didn't know how to handle an austistic child. she didn't utilize the resources. poor little guy.

  11. #11
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    Oct 2009
    real life
    Too many of these lately. Horrific. How many children are locked in a closet or bathroom or basement right now? Suffering.

    I was googlng for updates on the 12 year old boy Brandy Jaynes is charged with abusing and found this one.

    I am so sorry Yonatan.
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