A judge today has found Angela Alarcon guilty of abusing a 3-year-old boy in 2007.
The two-week long child abuse trial of the 29-year-old Hermiston mother came to a conclusion today. The case started more than two years ago, after Hermiston police arrested the single mother for abusing, neglecting and starving the then 3-year-old son of her live-in boyfriend, Arturo Gonzalez, as well as for slapping his 5-year-old daughter. Alarcon, who also cared for her own three children at the time, has been in the Umatilla County Jail in Pendleton since her Nov. 16, 2007 arrest.
After attorneys for the state and the defendant gave closing arguments, Umatilla County Presiding Judge Garry Reynolds said this has not been a "quick turn to justice by any means," but now was the time to begin to bring it to an end.
Reynolds said Alarcon's statements to Oregon State Police following her arrest "painted a picture of severe child abuse going on in your home."
Alarcon, seated next to her attorney, Janie Burcart, cried while the judge ruled.
"The court finds you guilty of Count 1," he said. The count was of first-degree assault for slamming the boy's head into walls, bathtubs and floors. First-degree assault is a Measure 11 crime in Oregon and carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of seven-and-half years.
Reynolds also found her guilty of lesser charges, including of third-degree assault for unintentionally burning the boy with a blow dryer and for unintentionally starving the child. Reynolds also said she was guilty of four counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment for not seeking medical attention for the boy's injuries.
The East Oregonian will have more in Friday's print edition.