According to the Sky News, when the evidence of Jack Garcia's torturous life was presented in court, Judge Long could not help but be saddened.
"What a bleak existence this little person had."
The day Garcia died was July 5, 2015, when he succumbed to his injuries at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. While Wilson accepted responsibility for the injuries the 9-year-old had suffered, he denied that he was the one who delivered the blow that caused the head injury which ultimately caused Jack's death. In return for his guilty plea and the revelation of the involvement Jack Garcia's family members also had in his beating, prosecutors dropped seven other charges of child abuse, assault, neglect, and reckless endangerment, which may have led to more than 30 years in prison.
On the day he was beaten to death, Jack's mother had been at work while he was left with her fiancée and brother. The slice of cake Jack snuck that day came from a birthday cake Wilson had been for his 2-year-old daughter. When he learned of Jack's actions, Wilson and Barajas handcuffed him to a bicycle lock attached to a chair, and a visiting 10-year-old told police of how she heard Wilson screaming for Jack to "cough up the cake" while the boy cried repeatedly, "No! Please stop!" Court documents showed that Jacob Barajas witnessed the boy being beaten and punched in the stomach numerous times before eventually falling to the floor unresponsive.
Oriana Garcia is also being charged because upon her return home, she discovered the scene and decided to accept Wilson's apology and helped cover the severe child abuse. Your 4 State reported that Barajas had called emergency services four hours before Jack Garcia's death, but his 26-year-old mother had turned them away, telling the paramedics her son was just congested and did not need their services. It was not until Jack Garcia stopped breathing that they called for help again.
The medical examination of the boy's body revealed several other injuries in various stages of healing, which prompted a child abuse investigation. Oriana Garcia and her brother, Jacob Barajas, have not entered a plea and are set to face trial for the second-degree murder charges on May 17. They may get the same or more than 30 years in prison.
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