Peter Cuacuas was being cared for by his father’s former childcare worker girlfriend when he was rushed to hospital weighing 15 kilos.
A US couple who allegedly let a seven-year-old boy starve in “unthinkable” conditions have been charged over his death.
Peter Cuacuas died of malnutrition after being rushed to hospital on February 10 weighing just 15 kilos.
Prior to his death Peter was being cared by his father Arturo Cuacuas‘ girlfriend Leticia Bravo, a former childcare worker.
Peter lived with Bravo in her apartment in Newburgh, New York, and only saw Cuacuas once a week on Saturdays.
Bravo had allegedly “kept Peter locked and secreted in a bedroom behind a door that locked from the outside”, a statement from the Gomerez and Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler alleges.
Peter had also allegedly been absent from online school learning since January, “despite numerous conversations between Bravo and Peter’s teachers and other school representatives”.
Bravo has been charged with murder in the second degree, manslaughter in the first degree and manslaughter in the second degree. She now faces the possibility or 25 years to life in jail.
Cuacuas is facing a charge of criminally negligent homicide.
Peter’s death has been labelled “truly disturbing” by authorities, with Mr Hoovler telling theNew York Post: “It is unthinkable that someone would accept the responsibility of caring for a child and then deny that child the basic necessities of life.”
“Our children are our most vulnerable community members,” City of Newburgh Police Commissioner Jose A. Gomerez also said.
“This is a devastating case for our entire community, who I know were frustrated over the past eight months with no arrest being made.
“This has been a lengthy and emotional case that has affected our department, specifically those involved in the investigation.”