North Texas Mom Accused Of Not Stopping Son’s Beating Death

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A North Texas mother, accused of failing to stop her boyfriend from abusing their three-year-old son, has been arrested.

Police continue to investigate the murder of three-year-old Josiah Garcia, but said their initial inquiries have revealed the little boy couldn’t count on his mother or father to protect him.

Josiah’s father, Christopher Garcia, is in jail – accused of beating the boy to death. And Tuesday Josiah’s mother, Catalina Garcia, was arrested for not stepping in to stop the pummeling.

Catalina Garcia was booked into the Dallas County Jail early Tuesday afternoon. The 21-year-old mother faces an injury to a child by omission charge, a first-degree felony.

Police sources say Catalina Garcia could have stopped her boyfriend from beating their son and failed to seek medical help for the boy, who slowly died from his injuries in their Oak Cliff apartment.

Last week, Christopher Garcia was charged with Capital Murder for allegedly punching little Josiah over problems with potty training.

Extended family members of the couple declined to comment on the arrests.

Christopher and Catalina Garcia have two other young children who are in the custody of Child Protective Services.


One Comment

  1. YRofTexas says:

    As a part of the marriage contract, young adults need to be ‘encouraged’ to attend a parenting class. They would learn that the muscles for urinary control, are not fully developed for a boy until he is 3 to 5 years or older. It is biological and not controlled by “thinking” yet. This death may have (may have…) been avoided if these ignorant parents have learned the timeframe to expect their son to be able to fully control his urinary impulses.
    I can’t have kids, then I hear of this, and I just want to SCREAM!

  2. Donna S says:

    No doubt that the woman was severely abused and likely beaten to near death. In this economy it can be difficult to get a job and move away. I was an abuse victim, and I know about these things – I also lived in a golf course neighborhood, I was elected the homeowners assoc board, work for the president of a major bank, and I had a 4.0 GPA. I know how child abuse can come back and cause problems as an adult.

    1. Jane says:

      Who cares if this woman was abused herself? That’s NOT an excuse for allowing the murder of her child. You obviously beat your kids since you can defend her.

    2. Frank says:

      So since it’s hard for her to move, she can allow her child to be killed? Wow, I feel badly for YOUR children, as you’d rather have an easy life than protect them.

  3. Kate says:

    21 with three kids? Wow, stop being a baby popper and try and actually do something useful with your life.

  4. Rosa says:

    A grown man beats a helpless child to death.. a child
    who couldn’t even defend himself….a child who couldn’t even hurt this grown man – It’s terrible that they
    I just hope they all go HELL!!!

  5. dmarvnwebster says:

    Since the family was apparently poor white trash, the murderer will probably be sentenced to no more than ten years. The charge will be downgraded from Capital Murder to aggravated child abuse with injuries. Wrong? Hell yes but that’s our justice system at work.

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