Boy Found Dead in Closet After Family Was Reported to Child Protective Services 6 Times

L.A. Boy Found Dead in Closet After Family Was Reported to Child Protective Services 6 Times
Los Angeles Police Dept.

The body of a malnourished 11-year-old boy was found wrapped in a blanket in a closet of his Los Angeles home on August 22. 

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The child's mother, Veronica Aguilar, was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment resulting in death. The family of the young boy, Yonatan Daniel Aguilar, was reported to child protective services six times, dating back to before the boy's birth. Four of those calls were about the boy, calls ranging from 2009 to 2012.

"Social workers went out and interviewed the child, family members, people at school, to determine if the child could remain in his home," department spokesperson Neil Zanville said. "That investigation revealed the child could safely remain in his home. There was no evidence that the child needed to be detained."

In 2012, two of the child's teachers contacted the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family services (DCFS). One teacher reported the boy suffering general neglect, and the other said the boy had a black eye. The boy told authorities that his black eye came from falling on a pile of rocks. 

That same year, there are no records of Aguilar attending any L.A. county schools. While it's been reported that the family spent that time in Mexico, authorities believe the family moved around a few times.

Aguilar has three siblings, ages 14, 16 and 18, none of whom were home at the time his body was found. The minors are currently under the care of Child Protective Services.

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Aguilar is being held in lieu of $2 million bail and delayed entering a plea until September 8.