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Crime Stepmom Accused of Murdering 16-Year-Old Calif. Boy, and Dad Allegedly Didn't Stop Abuse

18:26  04 june  2021
18:26  04 june  2021 Source:   people.com

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A teenage boy is dead and his stepmother and father are both behind bars for their alleged roles in his murder, PEOPLE confirms.

a group of people posing for the camera: pomona police department Jessica Grajeda and George Luis Almaraz © Provided by People pomona police department Jessica Grajeda and George Luis Almaraz

According to a statement from police in Pomona, Calif., 16-year-old George Almaraz died the afternoon of June 1.

Officers arrived at the home of the boy's stepmother, Jessica Grajeda, 35, and father, George Luis Almaraz, 32, to find the teen unconscious, unresponsive and not breathing.

"The investigation revealed that the victim had been assaulted by his step-mother immediately prior to needing medical assistance," reads the Pomona Police statement.

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Detectives also determined that the victim had been receiving "significant injuries from abuse at the hands of the suspect prior to this incident," and that his father "was aware of the abuse and injuries and had not taken action to stop it or seek medical attention for his son."

a group of people posing for the camera: Jessica Grajeda and George Luis Almaraz © pomona police department Jessica Grajeda and George Luis Almaraz

Five other children in the home were unharmed, the statement says.

Police have yet to release the cause of Almaraz's death.

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Grajeda has been charged with murder and "multiple counts of child abuse," the statement explains.

The teen's father faces one count of felony child abuse.

Neither defendant has entered pleas to the charges against them, and lawyer information for both was unavailable Friday.

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