Giovanni Gonzalez trial stalls again

Two years after five-year-old Giovanni Gonzalez disappeared during a visit with his father Ernesto, two years after Ernesto was charged with child endangerment, one year and ten months after Ernesto told a news reporter he had murdered his son, one year and nine months after the child endangerment charge was dropped and Ernesto was charged with parental kidnapping and misleading the police instead: the trial has been postponed yet again. They are still waiting on some DNA report out of Texas, it seems.

I feel so sorry for Giovanni’s mother, Daisy Colon. She did everything right. Although she and Ernesto had separated years before, she wanted her son to have a father in his life. She even attended counseling sessions with Ernesto so they could both be better parents. And then he did something — God only knows what — to that little boy, who was only five and had never hurt anyone. The article I linked to says Daisy has attended every court proceeding on the case. Somehow, she’s managed to not throttle Ernesto yet.

I really hope Giovanni is alive. More to the point, I hope Ernesto tells the truth about what he did to him. This is Sam and Lindsey Porter all over again.

2 thoughts on “Giovanni Gonzalez trial stalls again

  1. Zoe September 2, 2010 / 8:45 am

    Reading things like that makes me think the American sytstem must be crazy. The father should be locked up until he provides evidence. Clearly he knows what happened. He didn’t even invent a decent story. In New Zealand a non-custodial mother once had her son hidden with her family and both her and her father were arrested until he was produced alive and well! Least you get results that way…

    • Meaghan September 2, 2010 / 7:08 pm

      They do have a thing in American called contempt of court, where people can be locked up until they provide information. The thing is, though, it’s supposed to be coercive, not punitive. So if they conclude the person is not going to talk no matter what, they have to let them go.

      As far as I know, Dad HAS been locked up for the past two years, unless he’s made bail and I haven’t heard that he has.

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