WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Anthony Avalos from Lancaster, California was tortured and starved for days before finally passing away on June 21.
- The 10-year-old who came out as gay weeks before his death suffered from severe brain injuries and was in full cardiac arrest when he was rushed to the hospital.
- The boy’s mother and her lover were both charged with murder, torture and child neglect.
It is always heartbreaking when a child dies. But for a child to go through various horrifying ways of torture before being murdered is almost unimaginable.
Such is the case of 10 -year-old Anthony Avalos who was allegedly tortured and beaten for about 5 to 6 days before his death last month. Paramedics rushed him to the Antelope Valley Hospital after being found unconscious in his home. The child sustained serious brain injuries including a brain hemorrhage, contusions and bruises all over his body and was in full cardiac arrest, according to court documents.
In his written report to the court, Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami gave details of torture leading up to Anthony’s death which included being repeatedly dropped on his head, beaten by a whip and a cord, slammed into furniture and starved.
“At one point, Anthony could not walk, was unconscious lying on his bedroom floor for hours, was not provided medical attention and could not eat on his own,” Hatami wrote in the court documents.
In addition, weeks before his death, Anthony confirmed that he was gay, prompting suspicions from authorities that sexuality may be a reason for his death.
He was described by his aunt Maria Barron, as an “amazing kid, a hard worker who enjoys dancing and loves watching the Dallas Cowboys football team with his uncle.”
The victim’s mother, Heather Maxine Barron, 28, faces charges of murder and torture for his death and one count of child abuse with a $2 million bail. Also arrested and charged was her boyfriend, 32-year-old Kareem Leiva who, initially told police that the boy was injured in a fall. He was also charged with murder, torture and one count of assault with a bail of $2 million. Neither has entered a plea.