A New York girl was charged with homicide Friday after authorities alleged that she starved her boyfriend’s 7-year-old son to demise this yr.
The lady, Leticia Bravo, 39, grew to become the first caretaker for the boy, Peter Cuacuas, in September 2020 after the college yr started, and he stayed at her residence each day till Saturdays, when he need to his father’s house, Newburgh Police Commissioner Jose A. Gomerez stated. In January, Peter stopped logging into digital faculty, and on Feb. 10 he was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital, the place he was pronounced useless.
“An post-mortem carried out by the Orange County medical expert concluded that Peter — who weighed simply 37 kilos — had died of malnutrition,” Gomerez stated Friday. “It’s alleged that Bravo left Peter locked and secluded in a bed room behind doorways, locked from the skin since January 2021.”
Bravo is believed to be Peter’s mom, however authorities have been unable to say with certainty at a information convention Friday.
She was arrested Thursday and charged with second-degree homicide, first-degree manslaughter and second-degree manslaughter. Bail was set at $250,000 money, however it will be lowered with secured bond, authorities stated.
Bravo faces 25 years to life in jail on the highest cost of second-degree homicide.
Peter’s father, Arturo Cuacuas, was charged with criminally negligent murder. He was not in custody Friday, Orange County District Lawyer David Hoovler stated. A cellphone quantity listed for him was not in service Sunday.
Cuacuas was charged as a result of, though he had the kid solely in the future every week, he “ought to have recognized” the situations his son was in, Hoovler stated.
Courtroom data weren’t instantly out there for Bravo or Cuacuas, and it’s unclear whether or not they have retained attorneys.