COOK COUNTY, Chicago — A Chicago mom is facing charges after she allegedly burned her four-year-old son’s body in a vacant house in fear that her other children would be taken from her if police found out he was dead.
Prosecutors say 27-year-old Alyssa Garcia starved, abused and kept the boy locked in a back storage room that smelled like feces and urine, WGN-TV reports. She typically left him naked because he would pee on himself.
“They boy was often made to remain completely naked because he would urinate on himself. They described the child as being so skinny that his ribs were showing,” said Jamie Santini, assistant state’s attorney, according to WGN-TV.
On July 29, Garcia’s kids discovered the child had passed away. Afraid that she’d lose custody of her kids, Garcia, her 17-year-old boyfriend and his 19-year-old brother bathed the child, wrapped him in a blanket, placed the body in the trunk of a car and discarded it into a nearby abandoned building.
But, police responded to an arson call late that night and found Garcia and two teens with lighter fluid.
All three are being charged with attempted residential arson and police are looking into further charges after the medical examiner’s office determines the boy’s cause of death.