Anthony Avalos, a 10-year-old Lancaster boy, was murdered in his home. Now child welfare officials are trying to cover it up.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Anthony was found mortally wounded at his home last week with severe head injuries and cigarette burns covering his body.
The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services knew all about the abuse the child repeatedly suffered before his death. They did nothing.
Even more disturbing, Anthony’s mother, Heather Barron, and her boyfriend, Kareem Leiva, have not been charged with any crimes related to Anthony’s death.
Anthony’s aunt, according to the Times, said she began alerting DCFS in 2015, when she noticed bruises and other injuries that the children told her were caused by Leiva. She said the children also reported Leiva locking them in small spaces where they had to urinate and defecate on the floor. Leiva was convicted in 2010 of domestic abuse.
Heather Barron and Leiva were the subject of at least 16 calls since 2013 from school administrators, a teacher, a counselor, family members and others to DCFS and police alleging child abuse, sources told The Times for an article Sunday.
At least 13 of those calls were received by DCFS and specifically mentioned Anthony as the alleged victim, Nichols said.
Officials did nothing.
Multiple reports confirm Anthony and his six siblings were tortured. They were denied food and water, sexually abused, beaten and bruised, dangled upside-down from a staircase, forced to crouch for hours, locked in small spaces with no access to the bathroom, forced to fight one another, and forced to eat from the trash.
The feckless DCFS denies it did anything wrong. They are just as culpable in Anthony’s death as his parents.