New York woman charged with murder for allegedly starving boyfriend’s young son to death
A New York woman has been charged with second-degree murder, accused of locking her boyfriend’s seven-year-old son in a closet and starving him to death.
Police said Leticia Bravo, 39, of Newburgh, locked boyfriend Arturo Cuacuas’ son, Peter, in a room.
In February, Bravo brought Peter to St Luke’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead from malnutrition. Bravo, who was named his primary caretaker in September 2020, also is believed to be Peter’s biological mother, but that has not been confirmed.
New York woman Leticia Bravo, 39, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder on Tuesday for allegedly locking her boyfriend’s seven-year-old son son in a room and starving him to death
Peter’s father Arturo Cuacuas was charged with criminally negligent homicide after not noticing his son’s poor health and condition
Peter was locked and secluded in his bedroom by Bravo who was the primary caretaker of her boyfriend’s son
‘An autopsy conducted by the Orange County medical examiner concluded that Peter — who weighed just 37 pounds — had died of malnutrition,’ Newburgh Police Commissioner Jose Gomerez told NBC on Friday.
‘It is alleged that Bravo left Peter locked and secluded in a bedroom behind doors, locked from the outside since January 2021.’
Peter was in Bravo’s care every day except Saturday, which he spent with Cuacuas.
The boy also reportedly stopped logging onto school online beginning in January, even after Bravo was contacted by members of the district.
He was brought into the hospital a month later on February 10.
‘It is unthinkable that someone would accept the responsibility of caring for a child and then deny that child the basic necessities of life,’ District Attorney David Hoovler said.
‘It is truly disturbing how this child was kept hidden from school authorities before he died.’
Bravo took Peter’s malnourished body to St Luke’s Hospital in Newburgh on February 10 where he was pronounced dead
Bravo was arrested on Thursday by the City of Newburgh Police Department and charged with second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and second-degree manslaughter.
Her bail was set at $250,000 cash. If convicted of these charges, she may face a 25-year-sentence.