Sunday 18 March 2018

Boy (9) was beaten to death over slice of cake

Jacob Barajas
Jacob Barajas

David Dishneau in Portland

The uncle of a nine-year-old Maryland boy who was beaten to death over a missing piece of birthday cake has pleaded guilty to first-degree child abuse.

Jacob Barajas (24) faces up to 15 years at his sentencing, which has not been scheduled. The offence carries a maximum penalty of 25 years.

Prosecutors dropped other charges, including second-degree murder. Barajas is among three people charged in the July 2015 death of Jack Garcia.

Robert Wilson, the mother's boyfriend, is serving a 30-year sentence after pleading guilty to second-degree murder for beating Jack after Barajas had handcuffed him to a chair.

The mother, Oriana Garcia, is scheduled for trial in February.

Irish Independent

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