California prosecutors will seek death penalty for couple accused of torturing 10-year-old boy

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Prosecutors have announced their intention to seek the death penalty against a mother and stepfather accused of killing their 10-year-old boy.

The Los Angeles County District Attoney's Office announced the plan on Wednesday- despite California's governor Gavin Newsom putting an official moratorium on capital punishment back in March.

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Heather Maxine Barron, 29, and her boyfriend, Kareem Ernesto Leiva, 33, are accused of torturing her son Anthony Avalos, 10, to death in June 2018.

Investigators claim Avalos was a victim of severe child abuse, and that he was horrifically tortured - particularly in the days before he died.

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Avalos was found unresponsive in the family's home in Lancaster on June 20 after his mother called 911 to say he had fallen down the stairs.

He was placed on life support, but eventually passed away the following day.

Homicide - Avalos - Death - Signs

Homicide detectives quickly deemed Avalos' death suspicious as there were signs he had been severely beaten and was malnourished.

An examination of his body found bruises, abrasions and cigarette burns on his skin.

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A coroner's report indicated that there was blunt force trauma to his head and his brain and also multiple blunt force trauma to his body. There were additional injuries to his hips, arms, and feet.

During a hearing last December, in which a grand jury decided to indict Barron and Leiva on capital murder, prosecutors claimed the couple would beat Avalos with belts, a vacuum hose and a vacuum cord.

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They would allegedly slap him in the face, slam his head into the floor, make him fight with his siblings, and pour hot sauce on his face.

When they weren't actively abusing Avalos, prosecutors say Barron and...
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