Last year, I told you the heartbreaking story of two-year-old Thaddeus Sran, a sweet, happy little boy with special needs who was reported missing by his parents on July 15, 2020.
Thaddeus was born premature, required a feeding tube and special care, was non-verbal, and had just learned to walk and therefore primarily crawled to get around.
Police in Madera, California launched a massive search of the area, even requesting assistance from the FBI and the US Marshal Service.
Within a week of Thaddeus’s reported disappearance, Madera Police announced that his parents, who refused to appear in the media to plead for their son’s safe return, had stopped cooperating with the investigation.
On Thursday, July 23, 2020, Madera Police Chief Dino Lawson told reporters at a news conference that the burned remains of a child between the ages of two and three were found by cadaver dogs in an agricultural fire pit close to an almond orchard west of Madera. The remains were later confirmed to be those of little Thaddeus.
The following day, Madera Police announced the arrests of Thaddeus’s father, 42-year-old Sukhjinder Sran, and mother, 29-year-old Bresida Sran, who was eight months pregnant at the time. Both later entered pleas of not guilty to their charges of murder and child abuse resulting in death.
One extremely concerning factor in the case was the fact that the couple had previously lost another child. Their daughter, Divina Nazareth Sran, was four months old when she died as a result of blocked airways; she was found to have suffered bruises and burns, as well. At the time of Thaddeus’s disappearance, Divina’s death was still under investigation. The couple’s attorney, Roger T. Nuttal, told reporters that Divina’s death was caused by SIDS.
Apparently not so much, because on Friday, September 10, 2021, the Madera County District Attorney’s Office announced that 30-year-old Briseida Sran, now 30, was charged with Divina’s murder and child abuse leading to her daughter’s death.
Briseida is scheduled for arraignment on her new charges on October 8. Both she and Sukhjinder have been held in the Madera County jail on $1,000,000 bail since their arrests in July of 2020.
I will continue to follow Thaddeus and Divina’s story and report updates as I receive them. Click here for my prior coverage of Thaddeus’s case.
Sources: The Fresno Bee, ABC30