I found this article where they interviewed the paternal grandmother of Giovanni Gonzalez, who’s been missing from Lynn, Massachusetts (same place as Jesus De La Cruz who was about the same age) for two and a half years. He was five then, and would be almost eight now if he is still alive, which I think is unlikely. Giovanni’s father, Ernesto, has been charged with his kidnapping his son and is awaiting trial. He actually confessed to killing Giovanni. The police could find no evidence to support his statement. Nonetheless, many people believe Ernesto did murder his son, though perhaps not like he said in the confession.
Ernesto’s mother, Lydia Gonzalez, lives in Puerto Rico. She sounds like a sensible, decent enough woman who had the misfortune to raise a monster of a son. Which happens sometimes. Some people turn out to be evil and it’s not necessarily the parents’ fault — look at some families were one sibling is a wonderful, compassionate individual and another sibling is a vicious criminal type whom you wouldn’t trust to babysit your house plant.
Getting back to Lydia, she says she loves Ernesto but she’s been estranged from him and hasn’t even spoken to him for the past several years because of his criminal behavior and drug involvement. They wanted her to come to Massachusetts to see if she could convince Ernesto to fess up to what really happened to Giovanni. She was going to go, then she changed her mind. I highly doubt Lydia would have been able to help, anyway.
Ernesto has four children with various women. The reporter located one of his old girlfriends in Puerto Rico and spoke to her. Their son is 18, also lives in Puerto Rico and attends college. He was extremely upset to hear about Giovanni’s disappearance and is now in counseling. The entire Puerto Rican branch of the Gonzalez family came under police scrutiny, which naturally upset them. For awhile the police thought Giovanni might be in hiding with Ernesto’s family on the island, though I think they’ve ruled that theory out. Ernesto has harmed, and continues to harm, quite a lot of people.
“If my son is guilty, then he should pay,” Lydia says. “If he’s innocent, then he should speak.”
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.
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.
The Boston Globe
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