DETAILS EMERGE IN DEATH OF TWO PACOIMA SIBLINGS.Byline: Alex Roth Daily News Staff Writer
In the months before her violent death, 18-month-old Guadalupe Barragon suffered such horrific abuse that her arm, legs and collarbone col·lar·bone
See clavicle. were all broken, a medical examiner A public official charged with investigating all sudden, suspicious, unexplained, or unnatural deaths within the area of his or her appointed jurisdiction. A medical examiner differs from a Coroner in that a medical examiner is a physician. testified Tuesday.
Prosecutors say her short life ended last September when her father beat her one time too many. And in May, sheriff's deputies found the child buried in a shallow grave in the Angeles National Forest The Angeles National Forest (ANF) was established by executive order on December 20, 1892 as the San Gabriel Timberland Reserve. It covers over 2,600 km² (650,000 acres) and is located in the San Gabriel Mountains of Los Angeles County, just north of the metropolitan area of Los , a crucifix crucifix: see cross. resting on her chest.
It wasn't far from where her 5-year-old brother's body was discovered two months earlier. He, too, was buried with a crucifix.
New details of the child's death emerged Tuesday during a preliminary hearing for her father, mother and aunt. The father, Marco Esquivel Barragon, 35, is accused of killing Guadalupe and her 5-year-old brother and trying to conceal the crime by burying the bodies.
Their mother, Petra Barrera, 35, and aunt, Juana Barrera, 28, face charges of child endangerment and being accessories to murder.
The three were arrested in March when authorities found the father, aunt and three siblings siblings npl (formal) → frères et sœurs mpl (de mêmes parents) burying the body of Guadalupe's brother Ernesto in the forest near Lopez Canyon Road.
Authorities didn't discover the Guadalupe's body until May, when Ernesto's twin brothers told authorities their sister had been beaten to death months earlier and buried in a nearby spot, said Sheriff's detective Christine Carns.
The twins led authorities to the grave, where they found the girl's buried body wrapped in a blanket and plastic trash bag, Carns said.
The girl's body showed deterioration consistent with someone pouring sulfuric acid sulfuric acid, chemical compound, H2SO4, colorless, odorless, extremely corrosive, oily liquid. It is sometimes called oil of vitriol. Concentrated Sulfuric Acid
on her, Senior Deputy Medical Examiner James Ribe testified. Deputy District Attorney David Mintz said after the hearing that Barragon had poured acid on her after her death ``so if the girl were discovered, her identity would remain unknown.''
Ribe ruled the cause of death as ``blunt-force trauma'' to the head. One of the twins testified Monday that the girl died after Barragon had hurled her against a wall because she wet the bed.
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Please help [ improve the article] or discuss these issues on the talk page. , Ribe said. The fractures were partially healed, indicating she'd suffered the injuries weeks or months before she died, he testified.
Also, the child was unusually small for her age, suggesting malnutrition malnutrition, insufficiency of one or more nutritional elements necessary for health and well-being. Primary malnutrition is caused by the lack of essential foodstuffs—usually vitamins, minerals, or proteins—in the diet. , Ribe said.
Lawyers for the two women contend they lived in fear of Barragon and were also beaten by him.
Van Nuys Municipal Court Judge Lloyd M. Nash is scheduled to hear more testimony today before deciding whether there is enough evidence to try the parents on charges stemming from the deaths.
PHOTO Petra Barrera, left, and Marco Esquivel Barragon sit at their preliminary hearing in Van Nuys.
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