LA County officials: Boy, 10, likely died from child abuse

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services has determined a 10-year-old boy who suffered head injuries and was burned with cigarettes likely died from child abuse.

DCFS deputy director Brandon Nichols tells the Los Angeles Times for a story Tuesday that a criminal investigation is continuing into the death of Anthony Avalos.

Anthony’s mother, Heather Barron, and her boyfriend, Kareem Leiva, have not been charged with any crimes related to the boy’s death. Neither Leiva or Barron responded to requests for comment.

Investigators said other children were removed from the home in Lancaster after the boy died June 21.

The Times reports Barron and Leiva were the subject of at least 16 calls to DCFS since 2013 from school administrators, a teacher, a counselor and family members.


Information from: Los Angeles Times,

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