Daughter of Germai & Diana Aguilar-Bolanos Molina.
From the Grand Island, NE. "Independent" Newspaper:
A 2-year-old's violent death will lead to a peaceful resting place due to the donations of a funeral home, monument company and cemetery.
The funeral services for Diana N. Molina have been donated by Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Home, said Mike Wellensiek, general manager.
The business has also donated a casket and a burial vault for the little girl, he said.
The donation was made because "it's the right thing to do," Wellensiek said. "This is just something we wanted to do."
Desch-Paine Rock of Ages, a monument company in Grand Island, "didn't hesitate to help" after receiving a call from the funeral home, he said.
"We have an infant memorial program, so it's just a natural thing to do," said Steve Irwin, a salesman for Desch-Paine.
Diana will be buried in the Grand Island City Cemetery in a donated plot, Wellensiek said.
The girl's funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Apfel-Butler-Geddes Funeral Chapel, which holds about 200 people. Wellensiek said the funeral home has accommodated up to 350 people in the chapel previously. The public is welcome to attend the service, which will be in both Spanish and English, he said.
Diana's parents, Germai and Diana C. Molina, are each charged with felony child abuse resulting in her death. Germai Molina is also charged with felony kidnapping.
Germai Molina, 21, is being held in the Hall County Jail on a bond of 10 percent of $1.5 million. Mrs. Molina, 24, is at the Hamilton County Jail on a bond of 10 percent of $500,000. The U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement also has a hold on her.
Deputy Hall County Attorney Mark Young said in court on Thursday that the little girl died after being taken to St. Francis Medical Center in the early morning hours of July 23. She had been struck with a belt between 60 and 100 times and had also been kicked up to 10 times by her father, Young said. The abuse began on July 22 after the toddler wet her bed, he said.
Hall County Corrections Director Dave Arnold said he hadn't received any requests as of Tuesday for the Molinas to be granted leave from jail to attend their daughter's funeral. Because the case is pending, the decision would be up to a judge, he said.
Eight people, four of them adults, were in Diana N. Molina's home while she was being beaten, and none of them made any attempts to come to her aid, according to a juvenile petition affidavit filed in Hall County Court.
Diana, age 2, died in the early-morning hours of July 23. Her father, Germai Molina, 21, and mother, Diana C. Molina, 24, are each charged with felony child abuse resulting in the death of the child. Germai Molina is also charged with felony kidnapping resulting from his restraint of his daughter.
According to the juvenile petition affidavits, Germai and Diana C. Molina; Germai's parents, Nohemy and Manuel Molina; Nohemy and Manuel's 15-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son; and the 15-year-old's son all lived at 224 E. Second St. All eight people were in the home while Diana N. Molina was being beaten to death.
Deputy Hall County Attorney Mark Young said he couldn't comment on whether charges were being considered against Nohemy and Manuel Molina.
The case remains under investigation, he said.
The juvenile petitions were filed in the interest of Germai and Diana C. Molina's 9-month-old daughter, Germai's younger siblings and his 8-month-old nephew.
The petitions for Germai and Diana C. Molina's daughter and for the 15- and 7-year-olds state that they lacked proper parental care and were placed in a situation that was dangerous to their lives.
The petition for the 15-year-old's 8-month-old son states that he was placed in a situation that was dangerous to his life and health.
At a Hall County Court hearing on Thursday, attorneys were appointed for the parties involved in the cases. Germai and Diana C. Molina, who were seated separately and kept in shackles, attended the brief hearing. Eleven law enforcement agents were also present. After the hearing for their daughter, the couple was taken out of the courtroom.
Nohemy and Manuel Molina attended the hearing for their children, and their 15-year-old daughter was present for the hearing involving her son. The name of the boy's father was not available in court records.
Hall County Judge David Bush ordered the four children to remain in protective custody with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
He entered denials on behalf of all of the parents and set an adjudication, the equivalent of a trial in adult court, for 9 a.m. Oct. 16 in the matter of custody of the children.
Affidavits accompanying each petition give the following information:
A Grand Island police officer was detailed to St. Francis Medical Center at 3:40 a.m. July 23. He spoke to a nurse who told him that Diana N. Molina had been brought to the emergency room by her parents.
Germai Molina told the officer that his daughter had fallen down 14 or 15 steps at their home after she had woken him and told him she had to use the bathroom. They lived in the basement of the home with his wife and younger daughter. The other Molina family members primarily occupied the upper two levels of the home.
Germai Molina told the officer that, when he got to the bottom of the steps, the girl was not breathing, so he threw water and alcohol on her. He tried to do CPR, he said, but didn't know what he was doing.
An investigator examined the child's body and noted multiple cuts and bruises. Based on his experience, he believed the injuries were caused by a belt and belt buckle. The injuries extended from the girl's lower legs to her abdomen, back, shoulders, neck and head.
When the investigator spoke to Germai Molina, Molina said he had hit his daughter several times with a belt for wetting the bed. He also said she had fallen down the stairs.
According to a search warrant affidavit filed in Hall County District Court on Thursday, Diana C. Molina told a police investigator that her husband believed he was conditioning his daughter to tell them if she had to go to the bathroom.
Diana C. Molina also told the investigator that her husband had forced their daughter to stand naked and wet on a platform in front of a fan. The girl was forced to keep her arms above her head, and when she failed to do so, she was beaten. She was not allowed to eat, sleep or use the bathroom. After about 24 hours, the girl got down from the platform, which made her father angry. He took her by the hair, threw her to the ground and kicked her repeatedly until she quit responding to pain. He then put her in bed until his wife convinced him to take the child to the hospital.
In court last week, Young said preliminary autopsy results indicated that Diana N. Molina died of a subdural hematoma, a collection of blood on the surface of the brain. The doctor also reported that the bruises and cuts on the girl's body caused her to lose a third of her blood. The girl was struck with a belt 60 to 100 times, Young said.
According to a search warrant affidavit filed in district court on Thursday, the autopsy doctor also detected opiates in the child's blood. Hospital records obtained by law enforcement showed no indication that opiate medications were given to the girl in the emergency room.
Four bottles containing liquid were recovered from 224 E. Second St., but it is unknown if the liquids are opiates. A belt, which may have blood on it, and pieces of a belt were among the items seized from the home, according to the search warrant.
Germai Molina is being held at the Hall County Jail on a bond of 10 percent of $1.5 million. Diana C. Molina is being held at the Hamilton County Jail on a 10 percent of $500,000 bond. The U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement also has a hold on her.
Preliminary hearings for the criminal charges against the couple will be at 9 a.m. Sept. 12. If convicted, they could both face up to life in prison for each of the charges against them.
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