Lazaro's body was found in a cherry hedge, tossed away like garbage. When
his little body was found, police were not able to identify him for weeks,
they nicknamed him "Baby Lollipops", because of a design on the T-shirt
he had been wearing. Baby Lollipops was only 3 years old, when he was found
he had been beaten and was malnourished. The poor little boy may have clung
to life for up to three days after he was dumped in the cherry hedge.
of the results of an autopsy showed that he had a toe crushed from blunt
trauma, a deformed left foot, a wounded chest wall, knocked out teeth,
his arm was distorted from endless battering and brain damage. When jury
selection had started, half the candidates bowed out because they were
so outraged over the torture this child suffered. Charged in the death
of Baby Lollipops was his mother and her companion. On the stand her companion
testifies how his mother had, starved, tied up, bit and beat the little
boy with a baseball bat, fracturing his skull, killing him.
companion, Olivia Gonzalez-Mendoza, who had once admitted to beating the
little boy with a baseball bat was sentenced to 40 years in prison. His
mother Ana Maria Cardona, was sentenced to die in the electric chair.
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