Mom, uncle, grandfather arrested in San Jose toddler dying throughout exorcism


SAN JOSE — The mom, uncle and grandfather of a three-year-old woman had been charged with little one abuse resulting in her dying at a makeshift church in San Jose final 12 months, police mentioned Friday.Officers responded on September 24 at about 8:12 p.m to the 1000 block of South 2nd Avenue to a report of a kid’s dying at a house that housed a church on the property, San Jose police mentioned. They discovered the sufferer unresponsive on the ground of the church and commenced life-saving measures. The woman was taken to a hospital the place she was pronounced useless.An investigation by the police division’s murder unit and the Santa Clara County District Lawyer’s Workplace decided three suspects liable for the dying of the woman, recognized in court docket paperwork as Arely Doe. They had been recognized because the woman’s mom, Claudia Hernandez-Santos, uncle Rene Aaron Hernandez-Santos, and grandfather Rene Trigueros Hernandez who recognized himself to police because the chief of the church and a licensed pastor. 

(L-R) Claudia Hernandez-Santos, Rene Aaron Hernandez-Santos, Rene Trigueros Hernandez

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Throughout the preliminary investigation on the scene, officers had been advised by the suspects that they believed the kid was possessed by a demon. Based on an SJPD assertion of information, the mom advised officers she tried to stay a finger down the woman’s throat to induce vomiting, and mentioned the woman fell asleep a number of instances whereas she pushed down on her throat along with her hand.The assertion of information additionally mentioned the woman’s uncle and grandfather held down the woman whereas the mom tried to repeatedly induce vomiting which they believed would rid her of the evil spirits. The three additionally took turns in holding her down and making an attempt to get her to vomit, the assertion mentioned.”All 3 defendants had been concerned within the ongoing abuse of Arely Doe on September twenty fourth.  So, whereas every did particular acts, they had been all concerned on this abuse and so they had been all current when the opposite people had been abusing Arely Doe,” Santa Clara County Deputy District Lawyer Rebekah Smart mentioned Friday. 

“Arely Doe was strangled a number of instances to the purpose of unconsciousness.  Arely Doe had fingers shoved down her throat to the purpose the place she had a number of accidents to her mouth and her tongue.  She had stress placed on her physique with a lot power that she misplaced consciousness,” Smart went on to say.Police mentioned the woman died round 6 p.m., about 12 hours after first arriving on the church. Almost two hours handed earlier than the mom known as 911 on the urging of different relations, in accordance with a police report. “There was a delay in time earlier than officers and emergency personnel had been contacted. The reasoning behind that’s clearly a part of the investigation,” mentioned Officer Steve Aponte at a press convention Friday. “We’re nonetheless making an attempt to marvel why anyone would delay in calling first responders at any signal of sickness of a kid, or sickness or dying of a kid.”The preliminary investigation decided the dying was a murder with a reason for dying being asphyxia as a result of suffocation.

Claudia Hernandez-Santos was arrested on January 31 and formally charged with little one abuse resulting in the dying of her daughter. On Wednesday, officers arrested Rene Aaron Hernandez-Santos and Trigueros Hernandez, additionally on the identical fees.Aponte mentioned Friday the arrests of Rene Hernandez-Santos and Trigueros Hernandez got here a day after the discharge of the complete coroner’s report on the woman’s dying. Claudia Hernandez-Santos’s arrest in January got here 4 days after she posted a 43-minute video on YouTube discussing various subjects associated to her daughter however averted speaking in regards to the circumstances of her dying, at one level saying, “It’s what it’s.””Individuals might speak, however on the finish of the day, I do know what occurred,” says Hernandez-Santos within the video. “God is aware of what occurred, and the those who had been there when she handed away is aware of what occurred.”

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Individuals with details about this case or related incidents involving the suspects had been urged to contact Detective Sergeant Vallejo #3810 or Detective Harrington #4365 of the Murder Unit with any details about this incident at (408) 277-4166 or e-mail or Ramirez contributed reporting.


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