Other cases I have been watching.

New York media has been giving extensive coverage to the Nixzmary Brown case. On Jan. 11, paramedics were called to come to a Brooklyn apartment There they found a starved, emaciated 7 year old girl who had been severely abused over a period of time. I am not going to go into any details, but let’s just say there was severe abuse. Yet the other children in the household appeared to be relatively healthy. This has become a hot political issue in New York. As several neighbors were aware of the child’s circumstances, as well as several agencies, the Mayor is asking that if you see a child, who appears to be abused- he is asking that you do report it, and is promising that it will be investigated. As there is extensive coverage in http://www.nypost.com/ and http://www.nytimes.com/ I wanted to just mention this case, but won’t go into any details.


The defense attorney for Nixzmary’s mother,Nixzaliz Santiago, is alleging that she was a “battered and bullied” woman and that she was too afraid of her boyfriend Cesar Rodriguez to intervene in her defense.



There are two other cases that won’t get a lot of media coverage. Partly because of economics, partly because they lived through it.

First do you remember what life was like at ages 13 through 16 if you are female? Or if you are a male, life at age 10 through 13? You were just beyond the age when your toys were your priority, and taking tenative steps into independence. A time when your peer group probably was a priority in your life, you were beginning to be aware that the opposite sex didn’t have cooties, and maybe were fun to be with. You liked your TV shows, maybe you skateboarded, or were into video games. On 01-19-06 police were called to investigate the welfare of a young child. Someone had called because they thought it was so strange to see an 8 year old child pushing around a loaded grocery cart. When police arrived, what they found was a shock. This “little” girl, turned out to be a 16 year old. And the story she told was just as big a shock. She told them that she and her brother had been imprisioned in a bathroom for 5 years, whenever her family wasn’t home. They didn’t attend school. They weren’t allowed out of the apartment, and they were seldom fed. Living in the household was her mother, her grandmother, her mother’s live in boyfriend, her brother and three other healthy children. She stated that the grandmother had opened the door to the bathroom, she shoved her into the bathroom and locked her in. She gathered up food from the home and loaded a grocery cart. Then she ran. She was taken to a hospital, and police went to check on her brother. The family said the girl was crazy, the boy had been sent to Cal. to live with an aunt. A call was made to the aunt, who confirmed that the boy was living with her. After talking with the girl again, police go back to the apartment and searched and found the boy. He was also taken to the hospital. Doctor’s have described the children as having the appearance of holocaust children. The 16 year old girl, weighed about 40 pounds. The 13 year old boy, weighed about 30 pounds. Somehow, photos of the apartment leaked out. Among the photos, was one of a fully stocked refrigerator, with a drawer full of baloney. A landlord has reported that he was told that the boy and girl left the apartment a year ago, and had moved to Cal. to live with an aunt. Because the children are still alive, their names won’t be heard. But, the alleged mother was Regina Rios, the alleged grandmother was Esther Rios, and the boyfriend was Thomas Granados. They all three have been charged with felony neglect, and false imprisonment. The boy and girl are recovering, the three healthy children have been placed with Children’s Services.

The thought of any child in this country starving to death, to me is just incomprehensible. But in both of these cases, the fact that they had plenty to eat, they had other healthy children, this is just beyond my comprehension. What would make a parent, slowly starve one of their children to death? To watch them slowly wither away in front of their eyes? The only thing I can really say, is how could any three adults do this, let alone two that are supposed to be the children’s closest relatives? And why would they do this? Some things, I think are just beyond comprehension.  


The attorney for Nixzaliz Brown, the mother of Nixmary says that she has recieved letters from Cesar Rodriguez saying he was sorry for what happened. The attorney for Cesar Rodriguez however says that his client denies writing that he was sorry. And further says that his client said “What am I going to apologize for?”


Nixaliz Santiago intends to testify at her trial that she was too depressed and battered to come to her daughter’s rescue. “She will say that she tried to the best of her ability to stop him. And ‘best of her ability’ is maybe what this case hangs on” Defense also states that Santiago was depressed from a miscarraige that she suffered the previous year. Prosecution says there is no evidence that proves that Santiago was battered or depressed. Santiago’s attorney says that Rodriguez delivered the final blow to little Nixmary and Rodriguez says that Santiago was the one who did it.


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