Mom, 24, is charged with the murder of her seven-year-old son after ‘beating him for months’ as stepdad, 37, who witnessed the ‘severe abuse’ is charged with child endangerment
- Oneida Maldonado-Cortez, 24, is charged with the murder of her son Fabian
- Police in Columbus, Ohio, responded to a call about a child drowning on Saturday night and found the boy unresponsive
- He was rushed to a hospital in critical condition and died soon after
- Investigators say Fabian suffered ‘severe abuse’ that led to his death
- Police say his mother Maldonado-Cortez admitted to beating him multiple times
- Fabian’s stepfather, Jose Santos, was also arrested for child endangerment
- Santos, 37, reportedly told investigators he’d witnessed his wife beating Fabian for months but was too afraid to report it to police
An Ohio mother has been charged with the murder of her seven-year-old son after she allegedly admitted to beating the child for months while his stepfather watched and did nothing.
Columbus police responded to a call about a child drowning on Saturday night and arrived to find the boy, Fabian Maldonado Cortez, unresponsive.
The child was rushed to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in critical condition and was pronounced dead soon after.
An investigation revealed that Fabian ‘had been subjected to severe abuse’ that led to his death, police say.
His mother, 24-year-old Oneida Maldonado-Cortez, was arrested for murder after she reportedly admitted to beating the child multiple times and not taking him to the hospital, according to documents filed in Franklin County Municipal Court.
Fabian’s stepfather, 37-year-old Jose Santos, was also arrested and charged with child endangerment.
Oneida Maldonado-Cortez, 24, (left) was charged with the murder of her seven-year-old son Fabian after she admitted to beating the child repeatedly. Fabian’s stepfather, 37-year-old Jose Santos (right), was also arrested for child endangerment
Santos allegedly admitted to witnessing his wife beat Fabian with several objects for months.
He said he was too afraid to call police or get help because he didn’t want the mother to go to jail, according to court documents.
Fabian was found to have several wounds and lacerations on his body.
Maldonado-Cortez and Santos were booked into the Franklin County jail and are set to appear at bond hearings on Tuesday.
Police asked anyone with information about the case to call the Columbus Police Homicide Unit at 614-645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477).
Fabian was found unresponsive at this home in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday night. He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and died soon after