As is often the case, we won’t see justice quite as soon as we thought for 12-year-old Eduardo Posso. His father, Luis Posso, had been scheduled to face trial beginning on April 9, 2020, but that has been pushed back to 8:30 AM on May 12, 2020 in Monroe Circuit Court 3. Presiding over the trial will be Judge Marc Kellams.
Eduardo’s case came to light just before 3:00 AM on May 24, 2019, when Luis carried his son’s lifeless body into the emergency room at IU Health Bloomington Hospital in Indiana. Luis told medical staff that his son had fallen in the shower, but he was unable to explain the seriousness of Eduardo’s injuries, only admitting to spanking the boy with a belt, his hand, and a flip flop. Eduardo’s body, which weighed only 50 to 55 pounds, was covered in contusions, lacerations, and ulcers, and his autopsy, performed by Coroner Joni Shields, proved that Eduardo died of starvation, that he was “severely emaciated,” and that he was covered in injuries.
A police investigation uncovered that Eduardo’s last few months were filled with absolute torture. Video footage from phones belonging to his father and his stepmother, Dayana Medina Flores, showed that he had been confined to a hotel bathtub with a shock collar designed for a dog, his hands and feet bound with cords or chains. Both Luis and Dayana admitted that the boy had been abused.
During their investigation, police interviewed Eduardo’s siblings, a nine-year-old girl, a five-year-old boy, and a two-year-old boy, who were placed into the care of Child Protective Services and appeared to be healthy and not abused.
The nine-year-old sister told investigators that Eduardo was thin and had stopped eating, telling them that her parents tried to give him medicine and would punish him for refusing to eat. Court documents state, “She also reported that in the last few days, while Eduardo could still speak, he told her he just wanted to juggle and be free.”
Welp, excuse me while I vacuum up the shards of my shattered heart.
Even worse, Eduardo’s five-year-old brother did not seem to consider Eduardo a member of the family. He drew a picture of his family as stick figures that did not include Eduardo, and when a detective asked about it, he told her that Eduardo was bad and not part of the family.
Those parents really did a number on these kids. I hope all three of the surviving siblings are receiving the therapy and support they need to get past this trauma.
Luis and Dayana had worked as independent contractors for a circus, passing out event flyers to make their living, which is why they and the four children were living in a motel at the time of Eduardo’s death.
Both alleged POS parents are being held in the Monroe County Jail, where they await trial on charges of murder, neglect of a dependent resulting in death, neglect of a dependent with cruel confinement involved, battery resulting in bodily injury to a person under the age of 14, and criminal confinement with bodily injury. The Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office has filed a Notice of Intent to seek life without parole for both of them.
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Sources: WBIW, Indiana Public Media