Abigail Lara-Morales
December 2, 2008 - July 6, 2011
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Paramedics were called to a home at 2:55 a.m. and inside they found Abigail Lara-Morales, a two year old who was unconscious. Abigail was taken to St. Francis Medical Center and was later transferred to Miller Children's Hospital in Long Beach, before she was pronounced dead:

"The parents had called 911 after they had inflicted so many injuries, hoping that she'd
get better. They ahd put blue paint on the bruises to cover some of it"
Detective B. Hall

Michael Lara-Morales, the 23 year old father and Miriam Abrego, the 24 year old mother of Abigail were arrested and charged with assault on a child causing death. This was not the first time the couple had been in trouble, in the past, there had been complaints about the abuse of children in the home. Two other children were removed from the home and sent to live with their grandparents.

Reports say that there was an extensive trail of reports on the disturbed behavior of the parents in this home. Abigail had apparently been removed from their care by the Department Of Children And Family Services just a short time after she was born when it was discovered that she was malnourished and severely underweight. Finding the parents to be negligent, DCFS placed Abigail with a family member and ordered her parents to go to parent and violence prevention programs.

Abigail was returned to her parents after two years in spite of the fact that her parents were having to report to jail on the weekends for the next year due to a 2009 charge for willful cruelty to a child that could have resulted in injury or death. It was also apparent to DCFS that Michael had never taken the classes that had been ordered by the court, still, they sent Abigail to live with them.

In July of 2011, a 911 call in from their home and Paramedics found a beaten, battered Abigail in cardiac arrest. Transported to the hospital, Abigail was placed on life support and died a few days later when life support was removed.


On December 13, 2011, a preliminary hearing took place in which Michael and Miriam stood before the judge with their lawyers. Miriam was represented by Ann Nguyen who told the court that they would have four witnesses at a later date.  Ann Nguyen and Connie Quinones were representing Michael and they asked Judge John J. Cheroske for more time. The Judge agreed to allow more time though he let them know he was not happy about it having already delayed the trial several times.

Michael was being held on $1 million bond and Miriam was held on $500,000. bond. In court, evidence came out about abuse line tips and a Social Worker who said that Miriam hated Abigail. There were also text message:

"In Los Angeles, police investigated the death of a 2-year-old girl from blunt force
trauma to her head. There were no witnesses. Text messages stored on her parents’
cell phones to one another and to their family members proved the mother caused this
young girl’s death and that the father knew what was happening and failed to stop it.
Text messages stored on these devices also proved that the defendants failed to seek
medical attention for hours while their daughter convulsed in her crib"
FBI Director James Comey

Another story with not much out there. In March of 2012, Michael Lara-Morales plead no contest to one count of voluntary manslaughter, three counts of child abuse and infliction of great bodily injury and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Miriam Abrego plead no contested to second degree murder and child abuse and was sentenced to 17 years to life in prison.

OBITUARY:

In Memory of:
Abigail Lara-Morales
December 2, 2008 - July 6, 2011

Arrangements under the direction of Montecito Memorial Park, Colton, CA.

Thank you Cat for sending me this story.

This page was created on December 17, 2014
Death occurred in the state of California

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