This Feb. 13, 2015 photo shows Jack Garcia (left) in Goleta, Calif. Police arrested the boys mother Oriana Garcia, 26, and his uncle Jacob Barajas, 23, on Monday, July 13, and charged them with second-degree murder in Jack Garcia’s death. Robert Leroy Wilson is being held on assault and child-abuse charges that were leveled before the boy died. Jack died July 5, from injuries police say were inflicted as punishment for eating a piece of birthday cake without permission. (Daniel Fletcher and Hagerstown Police Department via AP)
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Police in Hagerstown, Maryland, say a 9-year-old boy who was fatally beaten for taking a birthday cake had been handcuffed up to three hours a day for a week before the final assault.
Charging documents released Tuesday say a doctor who examined Jack Garcia said his injuries were consistent with torture.
The documents detail second-degree murder and first-degree child-abuse charges against the boy’s mother, Oriana Garcia, and her brother, Jacob Barajas. They were arrested Monday. Bail for each is set at $5 million. Neither has a defense attorney listed in court records.
Garcia and Barajas told investigators the fatal injuries were inflicted by Garcia’s boyfriend, Robert Wilson. He’s being held on assault and child-abuse charges that were leveled before the boy died. His bail is set at $1 million.