Manuel Ramirez

Manuel Ramirez

El Monte, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 7 Mar 2011 (aged 6)
Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa, USA
Burial Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 66780751 · View Source
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SIOUX CITY | Manuel Ramirez was 6 years old when he was buried in an unmarked grave.

Police call the Sioux City first-grader's death two years ago Thursday "suspicious" and are still investigating the unsolved case.

His body is in the Marian Section of Calvary Cemetery, placed there free of charge by the Catholic cemetery. The section, dubbed Babyland by the cemetery staff, is for young children, stillborn infants and abandoned fetuses.

Cemetery caretaker Walt Peterson said visitors frequent the Marian Section to remember children lost too soon and those who never took a breath.

Those who watch over the graves say Manuel's burial spot doesn't get many visits.

Over the Christmas holidays, someone placed stuffed toys and figurines on the boy's grave. The gifts were left anonymously....

Manuel lived...with his father, Jose De Los Santos, and stepmother, Maria Miranda, and four siblings. Police responding to a 911 call from the house on March 7, 2011, found the boy unresponsive in the bathtub. Officers administered CPR....Investigators with DHS placed blame on Miranda, saying in the report she denied Manuel critical care, the agency's term for neglect....Miranda didn't have a reasonable explanation for the boy's death and was the person supervising him at the time, and medical reports showed he did not drown, according to the DHS report....No one, including Miranda, has been charged in the case. Police and prosecutors won't say if she is a suspect....We're not going to push this under the rug," [police] said. "We'll do whatever we can to solve this. And if it remains active forever, that's the way it'll be until we can successfully bring it to some type of conclusion. We take these matters very seriously. Unfortunately, sometimes crimes aren't solved."....[In late 2012 KMEG-TV viewers raised money for a bronze marker for Manuel's grave].

excerpted from Sioux City Journal March 6, 2013SIOUX CITY --

Manuel Ramirez, 6, of Sioux City died Monday, March 7, 2011, at his residence.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 2011 at Cathedral of the Epiphany. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service Saturday at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel.



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