A Chino Valley, Arizona couple has been arrested for the abuse of a young boy, who was allegedly restrained, burned and beat.
On Thursday afternoon, police responded to a report of a child who had stopped breathing. According to a press release from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, a 10-year-old boy was found with second and third degree burns on different parts of his body. He was bruised on his back, torso, neck, head, and extremities. He was not breathing. First responders were able to perform lifesaving treatment to the child and he was flown to a children’s hospital where he was in critical condition. He has since been in a coma.
According to a report by Prescotte News, the boy’s name is Christian Pearson and on Sunday the decision was made to take him off of life support.
Daniel Terry, 36, and his girlfriend, 34-year-old Julianna Moreno were arrested on felony charges that include attempted first degree murder, child abuse and aggravated assault. Moreno is the boy’s mother. According to the press release, the boy’s injuries were likely inflicted on him at their home, while he was bound and restrained and unable to protect himself or run away.
Eric Pearson, the boy’s father, told Prescotte News, “He was a very good kid. He got straight A’s, he was very smart in school. He liked to play sports, ride his bicycle. He played basketball every day. He was such a good boy.”
The father lives in Tuscon and didn’t see his son on a daily basis.
“I was not aware of what was happening in his home up here. They kept to themselves. I get him in the summer time and every other holiday.”
The child's dad said he hopes the system does everything in their power to keep Moreno and Terry locked up.
[Yavapai County Sheriff's Office]