The adoptive mother was charged with child abuse and assault after a four-year-old child in her care suffered “serious injuries” from the torture and beatings that the boy’s aunt describes.
Gabriela Casares of Norwalk, who was charged with two counts of child abuse and one count of assault resulting in a coma or paralysis, remains in Los Angeles County Jail and is held on $ 1.2 million bail thereafter. how she was arrested on October 29th by Los Angeles County. Detectives from the Sheriff’s Victims Unit monitor the child’s hospitalization.
Casares pleaded not guilty Friday to the charges and is due to return to court on December 6. The boy remains in intensive care and is in critical condition.
Maria Jacinto, the boy’s aunt, said Monday that the biological mother’s family is struggling to get information about what happened.
“They don’t deserve it at all,” she said. “We ask for fairness and information.”
The family was notified on October 28 that the boy had been hospitalized by an officer from the Department of Children and Family Affairs.
Citing confidential rules governing children and family custody, DCFS officials said they were prohibited from disclosing details of their adoptive mother.
The agency defended its expertise and supervision of foster families.
“Licensing Resource Families involves scrutinizing the suitability of potential families to identify safe, fostering and supportive homes for children in foster care,” DCFS said in a statement.
The agency said it “is thoroughly investigating allegations of abuse and neglect of caregivers and, where necessary, works closely with law enforcement to ensure the safety of children, and that valid allegations are promptly dealt with in court.”
“Like any parent, you are terrified,” said attorney Michael Adler, who represents the child’s large family. “You do not understand, firstly, how it happened, and secondly, why it happened.”