March 26, 2009
Mauricio Lopez Gets A Weak Sentence - Gets Just Seven Years After Breaking More Than 30 Bones In Infant Son’s Body
El Cajon, California (The Weekly Vice) -- Mauricio Lopez, a 34-year-old Lemon Grove man charged with beating his infant son for months, pleaded guilty to felony child abuse Thursday.
Lopez was arrested in November when the 5 month old baby's mother took him to Rady Children's Hospital for an evaluation. Doctors discovered that the baby had suffered more than 30 bone fractures - including EVERY BONE in his legs, according to district attorney Chantal de Mauregne.
Lopez and the child's mother indicated that Lopez "may have caused specific bones to be broken," said Mauregne.
Investigators believe the abuse occurred over a period of several months. The boy was 5 1/2 months when his injuries came to light. He was taken into protective custody and placed in a foster home.
After pleading guilty to felony child abuse, Lopez was sentenced to seven years in prison.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
Seven years? For breaking bone after bone after bone in an infant's body? Keeping in mind that a baby's bones are very pliable and difficult to break, I can't even imagine the torture this child went through - while his mother stood by. Why she hasn't been charged for neglect requires some serious explanation from the prosecutor's office.
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