A 9-year-old boy, Emrik Osuna, who was found dead in his family home in Idaho, was horrifically tortured by his stepmom who fed him only rice and water, prosecutors say in new allegations.
Last week Tuesday, first responders found Emrik Osuna without a pulse in an apartment in Meridian, covered in bruises and vomit.
His heart wasn’t also beating and the responders couldn’t revive him.
The medical team also say he appeared to be malnourished and had vomit coming out of his mouth.
He later died in the pediatric ICU at St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center
According to prosecutors, he allegedly suffered unspeakable neglect and “horrific torture” at the hands of Monique Osuna, 27 (pictured below)
“In combination with this physical abuse, this defendant admitted to what is essentially torture of E.O. by locking him in a small closet at night to sleep, withholding food, making him do physical strenuous punishments while she was working,” said prosecutor Tamara Kelly.
Addressing the judge on Thursday, Prosecutor, Kelly said:
“The little boy had bruises all over his body, specifically on his buttocks, groin, legs and torso. Some of the bruises were extremely large and essentially covered the back of his body.”
The prosecutor also alleged that Osuna told cops she beat the boy with a frying pan, a belt, and a dog leash because it was “heavier” than a belt.
Kelly detailed how the disturbing alleged abuse intensified while Emrik was doing remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Due to COVID, [Osuna]’s been working from home and since [Emrik] was not in school, she essentially had access to him all day long,” Kelly said.
Osuna allegedly forced her stepson to do wall-sit exercises and jumping jacks while she worked.
Court documents also allege Emrik’s dad, Erik Osuna, told investigators the nine-year-old was only fed rice and water in the weeks before he died.
During the hearing this week, it also emerged that detectives had found messages from Emrik’s father to Osuna saying they needed to take the boy to hospital.
The court case continues.