A young boy found dead at his family home had been locked in a wardrobe and sedated with sleep aids by his mother for three years.

Yonatan Daniel Aguilar, 11, vanished in Los Angeles in 2013. His mother, Veronica Aguilar, 39, claimed he has been sent to live at an institution in Mexico, court records show.

The three older children knew that their brother was locked inside a wardrobe. They told police they were forbidden by their mother from telling anyone, The Mirror reports.

Even Yonatan’s stepfather, Jose Pinzon, was apparently unaware that the youngster was inside the house the entire time.

The child, who is believed to have been autistic, was found dead at the home in August.

Aguilar is believed to have told Pinzon that Yonatan had died on August 22, before leading him to the wardrobe where he found the boy’s body.

Police found his malnourished body inside a tiny closet covered in pressure sores from the tiled floor.

The boy, who weighed less than two-and-a-half stone, was surrounded by cups of liquid medicine.

Court documents, obtained by the Los Angeles Times, show Aguilar kept her sedated with a sleep-inducing syrup.

Aguilar was arrested and has pleaded not guilty to murder.

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  • This is just appalling, she is no mother, she is an animal.


  • This is sickening. If she felt she couldn’t deal with a child who had autism why keep him this way. Surely she could have found someone who would love him for who he was? And how did the father not know? I hope she rots in hell.


  • If the boy had only been a toddler you could understand him not being missed.
    Maybe the boy had always been shut inside, never gone to a school of any type and definitely needed the help he deserved and had a right to. The Mum probably told everybody he had gone to live in Mexico if they asked. They should lock her up for the rest of her life, not be allowed to see her other children. Hopefully they can be moved to another location so they aren’t looking at the spot where it happened all the time. Their lives have been traumatised too and they may never make a full recovery from this disaster no matter how much counselling they receive on an ongoing basis.
    Don’t give the Mum any priviledges in gaol, no TV, music or other entertainment. She should have to do menial chores to keep her busy.


  • How sad! The poor little guy. Rip


  • Pleaded not guilty? How can you do such a thing to your little child? :-(


  • That’s so disgusting! That poor little boy I can only wonder what he must have felt… The only blessing is that he is not suffering anymore.


  • This is truly disgusting and inhumane. You wouldn’t treat anyone or anything this way. This Mother needs to be locked up, so she can never be with her other children again. What they have known and witnessed will stay with them forever.


  • No child deserves to be treated in this fashion. Hope the justice system treats this mother in the way she deserves!


  • This is disgusting. That poor poor child.


  • I can not believe that someone did not miss the child and ask questions sooner. Some parents do not deserve to have children. They are a gift from God and should be treated with love and kindness


  • What’s wrong with some people! That poor child and his poor siblings. She deserves jail time and if she couldn’t cope there are services that would sure have helped.


  • Ach, poor wee man !
    How sick and evil some parents are !!


  • Rip little man. That’s disgusting, no child should be treated like that


  • That is disturbing, poor boy, what a horrendous way to die. The poor boy didn’t ask to be autistic!


  • That is so disturbing. How distressing for the other children too. Horrible.


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