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Stepmom Accused Of Beating Teen To Death While His Father Allegedly Overlooked Abuse

Jessica Grajeda has been charged with murder and child abuse for her stepson's death, while the boy's biological dad George Luis Almaraz has been charged with child abuse for allegedly ignoring the violence.

By Gina Tron
Tragic and Disturbing Cases of Child Abuse

A California woman is accused of fatally abusing her teen stepson, abuse that the boy's father allegedly ignored.

Officers were called to a home in Pomona on Tuesday after someone called 911 to report that someone required CPR, a Pomona Police Department press release states.

“Upon arrival of both the police department and the Los Angeles County Fire Department the victim was found not breathing,” police wrote.

The victim, a 16-year-old boy, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

“The investigation revealed that the victim had been assaulted by his step-mother immediately prior to needing medical assistance,” police wrote.

The stepmother, 35-year-old Jessica Grajeda, was charged Thursday with murder and multiple counts of child abuse.

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Not only is Grajeda accused of killing her stepson on Tuesday, but she’s accused of physically abusing him for a period of time prior. Meanwhile, the boy’s 32-year-old father George Luis Almaraz has been charged with one count of felony child abuse.

Police say that “the victim’s father was aware of the abuse and injuries and had not taken action to stop it or seek medical attention for his son.”

Both parents are still in custody. Police have not released the boys’ name or disclosed exactly how he died.

In addition to the victim, there were five other children in the home whose ages range from 1 to 13. All the children were put into protective custody.

“It does not appear at this time that any of the other children were being physically abused by their parents,” police noted.

It’s not clear if Grajeda or Almaraz have attorneys.

“They wouldn’t let him call me,” Catalina Alvarez, the boy’s mother, who lives out of state, told CBS LA about her slain son. “They told me he didn’t want to talk to me.”