Sister of 10-year-old boy ‘tortured to death by his mother and stepfather after he told them he was gay’ tells grand jury he was intentionally dropped on his head 10 TIMES the night before he died
-Court records in the alleged torture death of 10-year-old Anthony Avalos were unsealed Monday after a grand jury indicted the boy’s mother and stepfather
-In court, the boy’s sister described how Heather Barron, 29, and Kareem Leiva, 32, allegedly abused her and her two brothers by beating and starving them
-The 8-year-old said the night before Anthony was found unresponsive ‘Kareem picked him up from his armpits and dropped him on the floor about 10 times’
-Barron said she was going to take Anthony to the hospital but instead left him sleeping, and the next morning he wouldn’t wake up
-She told 911 he fell down the stairs at the home in Lancaster, California
-The boy was taken off life support the following day and a coroner’s report revealed bruises, abrasions and burn marks all over his body
-Prosecutors say he was abused for a week before his death because he was gay
-Barron and Leiva are now facing capital murder charges in Anthony’s death
The horrific final hours of a little boy allegedly tortured to death by his mum and her boyfriend have been revealed in court papers.
Anthony Avalos, 10, was murdered by his mother Heather Barron and stepfather Kareem Leiva after coming out as gay, prosecutors claim.
And in the last hours of his short life, he was allegedly subjected to brutal torture, leaving him with injuries “all over” his small body.
Grand jurors in the US heard how the youngster was found with sunken eyes, small burns and circular marks below his nipple.
He also had “scabs on all four of his extremities”, was so thin that his ribs were exposed, and had bruises on his buttocks and back.
“The coroner’s report documented injuries all over Anthony’s body,” assistant district attorney in the case, Jonathan Hatami, told jurors.
“There were injuries to Anthony’s side and his hip area, both his left hip and his right hip, and his arms, and even injuries to his feet.”
Mr Hatami also said the coroner’s report suggested there was blunt force trauma to the boy’s head and brain, Eyewitness News reports.
And he suffered “multiple blunt force trauma to his body”.
The shocking allegations have come to light after a California judge ordered the unsealing of grand jury proceeding transcripts.
Barron, 29, and Leiva, 32, who is 6ft 1in, have both pleaded not guilty to charges that they tortured Anthony and murdered him.
The child died on June 21 in Lancaster, California.
The proceeding transcripts, obtained by the news station, detail what Mr Hatami told jurors in his opening statement on the case.
He claimed that the two defendants caused injury to Anthony by beating him with objects such as belts and a vacuum hose.
They also allegedly used wrestling moves and chokeholds on the little boy, made him kneel on rice and locked him in his room for days.
And they reportedly withheld food or water from him.
The prosecutor said the evidence heard in the case will “clearly show” Barron and Leiva are “ultimately responsible” for Anthony’s murder.
They “brutally tortured and intentionally murdered” him, he said.
The documents were unsealed on Monday on the order of Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy, Fox 11 reports. However, some exhibits will stay sealed pending a January hearing.
Leiva’s attorney had objected against the transcripts’ release, arguing that it could harm the defendant’s chance of a fair trial.
Earlier, reports claimed that Barron and Leiva could face the death penalty if convicted of the charges against them.
It has been alleged that Anthony was burned with cigarettes and banned from using the toilet before his death.
The child’s eight siblings witnessed and were forced to take part in some of the abuse, according to court documents.
They allegedly had to fight the youngster and keep watch “so he would remain standing or kneeling”.
Mr Hatami wrote in an indictment: “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.”
Anthony had previously said that he “liked boys”, the deputy director of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services confirmed.
Sheriff’s deputies were called to the little boy’s home a day before he died – with his mum allegedly claiming he had fallen down the stairs.
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