Case Update: Pleas Entered, Murals Painted, and Park to Be Renamed After Thaddeus Sran

Thaddeus Sran.

We have few updates today on the recent case of two-year-old Thaddeus Sran, who was reported missing by his parents in Madera, California on July 15. Thaddeus, who had some developmental disabilities, was not able to walk, crawl, or speak. Thaddeus’s burned remains were discovered the following week in an agricultural area several miles away from the home of the boy’s maternal grandfather. The next day, both his father, 42-year-old Sukhjinder Sran, and his mother, 29-year-old Briseida Sran, were arrested and each charged with two felonies: murder and assault on a child causing death.

During the investigation, it was discovered that Sukhjinder and Briseida had another child, four-month-old Divina, who died in 2015, presumably of SIDS. Police may reopen that investigation in light of Thaddeus’s death. 

Briseida is currently about eight months pregnant. The couple’s three surviving children are in the custody of Child Protective Services. 

This week, both Sukhjinder and Briseida Sran were seen in court, where they entered pleas of not guilty to the charges against them in relation to their toddler son’s death. They are scheduled for a bail review hearing next week. Until then, they are each being held on a $1 million bond. 

An autopsy has been performed on Thaddeus, but the results have not yet been released.

On Tuesday, August 4, dozens of people gathered in Madera to celebrate Thaddeus’s short life. Fresno artist Omar “Super” Huerta completed painting the first of two planned murals dedicated to Thaddeus, this one on the side of Don Tony’s Money Transfers on Yosemite Avenue. The second, smaller mural will be displayed at Joe’s Mobile Tint at 107 Cypress Street, also in Madera.

Huerta plans to add more detail to the murals in the near future and is requesting donations to assist him with the project. Details and other photos are available on his Instagram.

  • Thaddeus Sran mural
  • Artist Omar Super Huerta
  • Artist Omar Super Huerta with Thaddeus Sran mural
  • Mourners light candles at Thaddeus Sran mural
  • Musicians at Thaddeus Sran vigil
  • Thaddeus Sran memorial

In another beautiful tribute to Thaddeus, the Madera city council met on the evening of Wednesday, August 5 and agreed to move forward with Mayor Andy Medellin’s proposal to name a playground after Thaddeus.

The Mayor said, “With COVID and people on edge, in spite of all that, [Thaddeus] brought us together as a community.”

The playground, which caters to kids with special needs, is located in Centennial Park. The proposal is now on the agenda for the council to approve at its August 19 meeting.

Click here for my ongoing coverage of Thaddeus’s case.

Sources: KMOV4, Crime Voice, Fox26 News, ABC30

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