Tuesday 26 September 2017

Mother allowed fatal beating of son over piece of birthday cake

Police said Oriana Garcia allowed the abuse (Hagerstown Department of Police via AP)
Police said Oriana Garcia allowed the abuse (Hagerstown Department of Police via AP)

A US woman has pleaded guilty to first-degree child abuse over the beating death of her nine-year-old son over a missing piece of birthday cake.

Prosecutors agreed to drop a second-degree murder charge and seek a sentence of no more than 20 years for Oriana Garcia, who appeared in a courtroom in Hagerstown, Maryland.

The 27-year-old's son Jack was handcuffed to a chair by Garcia's brother and pummelled by her boyfriend, who suspected Jack of eating cake meant for his two-year-old daughter.

Police said Garcia allowed the abuse and sent away an ambulance as Jack lay dying.

The boyfriend, Robert Wilson, is serving 30 years for second-degree murder.

Jacob Barajas is awaiting sentencing for first-degree child abuse.

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