Eliseo's mother, Jamie Lee Rosales killed her son by beating him with a hairbrush after he refused to eat.
On March 18, around noon the child Eliseo Gonzalez 2 years 6 months was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Rio Grande Regional Hospital in a coma.
The child died on March 20, 2008 at 2:52 pm that day, the coroner Norma Jean Farley an autopsy and determined that the child was murdered by the way he died and head injuries. Cause of death blunt force trauma.
Eliseo's aunt Mayra Lizbeth Rosales confessed to causing his death. Rosales initially took responsibility for her nephew's death, claiming that she had fallen and accidentally crushed him when her right hand slipped, while trying to pick the child up. However, medical staff soon established that Eliseo had died from massive blunt force trauma, casting doubt on Rosales' confession. Jaime Lee Rosales, the child's mother and Mayra Rosales' sister, was also arrested on charges of causing injury to a child, and of failing to protect a child
During the run up to her trial, it was determined that Rosales could not possibly have caused the kind of injuries that killed Eliseo by falling on him. The injuries could only have been caused by a direct strike to the head. Rosales' defense lawyer, Sergio Valdez, claimed that Rosales' immobilizing weight would not have allowed her to carry out such an attack.
When Mayra finally revealed the truth her sister Jamie Lee Rosales fled the country. A private investigator tracked Jaime Lee down to Veracruz, Mexico. She returned to Texas after 2 1/2 years of being on the run. She pleading guilty to the lesser charge of causing injury to a child, she was sentenced to 15 years in jail. Jamie will be released in 2025.
Survived by parents, Eliseo Sandoval Sr. & Jaime Lee Rosales; 2 siblings; Grandmother; Aunt & Uncle Mayra Lizbeth & Bernie Rosales.
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