- May 9, 2009
A Grave Memorial
day before Mother's
Day of 2009, Belinda Janette Magana wrote a message on her My Space
day weekend 2 all u mom's. Enjoy every moment with ur fam..."
very next day,
Sunday, May 10, 2009, MOTHER'S DAY, Belinda would call police
say that her son, Malachi Magana, had gone missing from the park. That
would turn out to be a horrible lie!
did a search for Malachi on foot and in the air. The search lasted all
night and into the morning, they didn't find him. Eventually, the
was called off due Belinda and Naresh being suspected
when their stories didn't match up on what had taken place that
was 23 years old and her live in boyfriend, Naresh "Michael" Narine,
was 37 at the time, were questioned by the police who immediately
that they were both lying about what had happened. Police Lieutenant
Johnson said that as soon as they began to interview the couple, they
to doubt what they were saying was the truth. Early Monday morning, May
11, Malachi's body was found in a shallow grave, about ten miles off of
Interstate 15 in the rugged terrain off of Lytle Creek Road.
rule Malachi's death as a homicide though police did not release any
as for how he was killed.
were arrested and held in jail with $1 million dollar bail, each.
was arrested under suspicion of felony child abuse and being an
to murder and her older son was taken away and placed in protective
Naresh, who is not Malachi's father, was arrested on suspicion of
torture and cruelty to a child causing a death.
Malachi was tortured and killed on Saturday, May 9th in the apartment
they all lived for about a month. Belinda and Naresh had been dating
only about five months, though on her My Space she referred to him as
"hubby". Friends who were in support of Belinda posted messages on her
My Space, one of those comments read:
to the Lord. God is the only one you need to cry
is the only one that can and will comfort you at this time"
after her daughters arraignment, Maria Salsida, Belinda's mother, said
that her daughter was brainwashed by Naresh and that he is the one who
is responsible for Malachi's death:
accused of something she didn't do. That man who is supposedly named
he poisoned my baby. He abused her and my grandson, and now my grandson
he's abusive and he has a bad track record. And with my grandson, my
he killed him. Every evidence points toward him.
a child, he can't do no harm, my daughter didn't harm him. My daughter,
innocent, I know her, I raised her, I raised her in the church. Anybody
tell you that's it's not her. He's a monster, he took her away from us,
he took her
the family she was living with. He didn't let her talk to me at all.
add that the
police knew about the abuse and they did not act in time to save
police knew about this because there was a report made earlier, two
the Fontana police said they couldn't do anything unless something
I hope they're happy now because my grandson is dead"
6:00 p.m., on Mother's
Day, Belinda called to report her son as missing. Family had gathered
the park for a Mother's Day party. As soon as they were interviewed,
began to suspect that something was not right:
weren't adding up. It was learned that the child was never in the
at the park It was also determined that the child had received injuries
both parties and was the victim of a homicide"
that the location of Malachi's body was determined while conducting
with Belinda, Naresh and other people.
very critical stage in the investigation. We're still trying to get
is no stranger
to being in prison. In 2006 he plead guilty to grand theft. Naresh had
a job as a repairman at a mobile home park. He took more than $100,000.
dollars from the elderly owner and tried to hide it from him. Naresh
sentenced to five years in prison and was released early, in 2008, with
a one year parole sentence.
Naresh's mother was also in prison after contacting and meeting with
undercover police officers in order to solicit the killing of her
who worked as an officer at the California Institution For men, in
She and her husband were trying to reach a divorce settlement. Yvonne
that since another guard had been
at the prison, that she could hire someone to kill her husband and it
not be traced back to her.
court she testified
that she never paid anyone to kill her husband and that she had been
when she spoke with the detectives. In 2007, Yvonne Narine was
of soliciting an undercover police detective to kill her husband and
is serving a six year sentence.
on the day
of his baptism...What a handsome little man!
Today is June 12, 2014 and while searching
for updates in this case, I was not able to find anything new.
December 16, 2014 (Thank you to
Tracey for this update)
In December of 2014 the trial was taking
place. The Prosecutor said that Malachi was abused to death by his
mother and her boyfriend and while it wasn't clear at that point who
had poured the hot liquid over his head causing scalding on his head,
neck and back, it was clear that neither adult had called to get
medical attention for the boy as he was suffering and dying:
"This trial is really
about the week of Malachi's life, violence, nightmarish"
Attorney - Daima Calhoun
Belinda Magana was 29 years old at the
time and Naresh Narine was 42 years old at the time when they were
facing one count of murder, torture and assault on a child, causing
death. The charge of torture would mean that the death penalty could be
on the table if they were found guilty.
Testimony was expected to show that the
couple tried to use diaper rash ointment on the burns that Malachi had
sustained at their hands and that when this little Angel cried in pain
or moaned, he was hit with a belt over several days because he was
bothering the two monsters who caused his pain.
It came out in court that after Malachi
died, his body was wrapped in a plastic bag and put onto the floor in
the back seat of Naresh's truck, then they went to a party. The next
day, Malachi was buried in the shallow grave he was found in, then came
the 911 call in which they calmly said that Malachi was missing from a
family picnic. Police, blood hounds and a helicopter using a PA system
were letting people in the neighborhood know about the missing child.
In fact the only two people who were not searching for Malachi, were
the ones who knew where he really was:
frantically looking for Malachi except for Belinda Magana and Naresh
Several hours later, Belinda started
telling her version of the truth:
"She tells this story
and takes herself out of it, blaming it all on Mr. Narine and
led investigators to the boys body"
Ryan Markson, Defense Attorney for
Belinda, said that Naresh had been controlling and he had taught her
how use physical punishments on her son. Ryan said that Belinda had not
been at home when Malachi was hurt and when she saw him, Naresh would
not let her get medical help for him.
Michael Belter, Defense Lawyer for Naresh
told a story of how Belinda had been an extremely neglectful and
abusive mother and that her abusive behavior had gone back to
other relationships prior to the five months they had been living
Predictably, it was expected that there
would be some testimony about how Malachi's four year old brother had
possibly turned on the shower sending hot water all over Malachi's
brother, causing the scalding that killed him.
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