Giovanni Gonzalez’s dad is competent to stand trial

Ernesto Gonzalez, father of the missing child Giovanni Gonzalez, has been evaluated and found to be fit to stand trial for charges related to his son’s disappearance. Giovanni, then five, disappeared in August 2008 during a visitation with Ernesto. His mom had custody. Ernesto later claimed he’d stabbed Giovanni to death, but the police can’t find any evidence to support that story. All that remains is that the boy’s missing and Ernesto certainly had a hand in it somehow. He’s awaiting trial for kidnapping and misleading the police.

I feel so sorry for Giovanni’s mother, Daisy Colon. I think she did all the right things. When Ernesto announced he wanted to be part of Giovanni’s life, Daisy said okay, because the boy ought to have a father. She insisted that she and Ernesto go into counseling to learn parenting techniques, and they worked out an informal visitation agreement until they could go to court. And then Ernesto did…whatever it was that he did. And Daisy doesn’t even know whether her son is dead or alive. This case remains me a lot of the Sam and Lindsey Porter case. Their father murdered them to spite their mom, then jerked her and the cops around for years with this story and that one, before he finally confessed to the crime. I hope Giovanni’s fate will be better, but I am not at all optimistic.


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6 thoughts on “Giovanni Gonzalez’s dad is competent to stand trial

  1. danielle January 31, 2010 / 1:36 am

    Some child development/ mental health experts say that is why parents kill kids. To hurt the other parent. I honestly believe there is a place in etenal hell for these guys.

  2. Kat January 31, 2010 / 1:38 pm

    Amen. And also, there was that case in NH I think, the father took the kids for July 4th and drove them halfway across the country and killed them. Took them years to find the bodies even though the dad tried to show the cops, some person walking the dog found them. A boy and a girl. Dad killed himself in jail. Lord, cannot remember the names though I can see their pics clear as day. Phillip….and…..sheesh, give me a minute, I’m not so good this week.

    • Meaghan January 31, 2010 / 6:14 pm

      Phillip and Sarah Gehring. I believe their father was named Manuel. I’m rather glad he offed himself and saved everyone the expense of a trial.

  3. Kat January 31, 2010 / 2:11 pm

    Gering. I think. Gearing? Meaghan would know, it was on this site. They were missing for two? years.

    • forthelost January 31, 2010 / 5:19 pm


      It also reminds me of Shanyia Davis’ mom, who said essentially the same thing “I want to be a mom.” And then she was killed.

  4. Kat January 31, 2010 / 10:40 pm

    @Meaghan. So, so true. Glad there was no need to air out the whole thing again in public.

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