Just put up Jozlynn Martinez

I just profiled the case of Jozlynn Mari Martinez, a two-year-old who disappeared in February of this year. I actually don’t recall hearing about her before yesterday, when I encountered an article on the case. Jozlynn’s mother’s boyfriend, Jeffrey Malmberg, was convicted of her murder earlier this month.

It’s an extremely sad case. She was such a beautiful, innocent little girl, not even toilet-trained yet, and the man she thought of as Daddy knelt on her chest and pressed the life out of her. Then he discarded her body like so much trash. It was almost certainly incinerated at a local waste disposal plant.

The case reminds me a lot of Haleigh Cummings: physical abuse, dysfunctional adults who were marginal parents at best, drug use, etc. Jozlynn’s mother, Consuela, lost custody of her baby son right after Jozlynn disappeared and it doesn’t look like she’ll get him back anytime soon, although the plan thus far is for reunification. (Malmberg, the baby’s father, has relinquished his rights.) I feel deeply sorry for Consuela and I believe she loves/loved her children, but from the sounds of it the little boy is better off in foster care. His mother has mental illnesses that she’s not getting treatment for, she used drugs and allowed other people to use drugs in the house with the children, and she doesn’t seem to do a very good job picking out boyfriends. And the grief and guilt from Jozlynn’s death would cripple even the strongest and best of mothers. I hope she gets her act together. I hope her son is either reunited with her or adopted in a timely fashion, and not stuck in foster care limbo all his childhood.

5 thoughts on “Just put up Jozlynn Martinez

  1. Princess Shantae October 22, 2010 / 5:30 pm

    Consuela will probably pop out a few more kids and get them all taken away eventualy if she keeps to the script. I would bet money on it.

  2. Princess Shantae October 22, 2010 / 6:10 pm

    Was going to keep on but the phone rang and I lost my place.
    What I meant about Consuela is, she’s got one kid that’s dead, and one that’s taken away, she had the chance to try to straighten up and get the one kid back, and she didn’t do what she was supposed to do. Its like losing Jozlyn didn’t motivate her enough to do better, and now losing the little boy didn’t either. If she still hasn’t been scared straight by now she never will be.

  3. danielle October 22, 2010 / 11:46 pm

    These type of mothers(?) don’t have any emotional attachment to the children. It’s sooo hard for me to understand b/c I love my kids more than anything in this world. I doubt we will ever know why women like these can give birth. I hope the best for the surviving child.

  4. Princess Shantae October 23, 2010 / 9:59 am

    They can go on TV crying their eyes out and saying how much they miss their baby, but where was all this when the baby was alive and needed them? After its gone all the tears in the world won’t do it any good.

  5. Jaime October 24, 2010 / 9:34 am

    I wonder how many other children just disappear after the people who were supposed to love and care for them fail them and DHS also fails them. I wonder if it is standard protocol to check dumpsters and landfills as soon as a child is reported missing. I wonder if it is standard protocol to check the dumpsters and landfill at all in the weeks and even months after a child is reported missing so many of them seem to be thrown away in this horrible manner. I remember that after little Somer Thompson went missing a policeman on his way to work a couple days after she went missing saw garbage trucks making their rounds and he alerted his boss that maybe they should check the trucks and the landfill for her body apparently it wasn’t standard procedure. By the way, wtop.com as an article on missing senior citizens.

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