Yet another child not missed for far too long

ABC 7 out of Denver reports that Juanita Kinzie has been charged with the murder of her three-year-old son, Caleb Pacheco. Caleb’s other relatives last saw him last January. His aunt had been taking care of him, but then Social Services made her give him back to Juanita. The family got really concerned and set up a Facebook page about Caleb this month, although they weren’t able to report him missing because the police couldn’t verify his mother’s whereabouts to do a welfare check and confirm he was missing.

Well, it turns out Caleb was wrapped in a blanket and hidden under his mom’s trailer. And since the police found skeletal remains, chances are he’s been dead for months. I don’t think they know the cause of death yet, but it’s highly unlikely to be natural.

Kinzie became involved in drugs several years ago. “Methamphetamine is probably the key drug involved,” [her brother] said. […] 7NEWS found that Kinzie has a prior criminal history, including arrests for domestic violence, violating a protection order, car burglary, damaging property and possession of burglary tools, according to a state arrest database. In 2006, Kinzie pleaded guilty to domestic violence and harassment in Logan County and was given a deferred sentence of 18 months probation, according to court records. But that sentence was revoked when she violated a protection order in March 2007, and she was sentenced to two months in jail, court records said. She also pleaded guilty to… violating the protection order and was sentenced to three months in jail, 48 hours of community service and two years unsupervised probation. In August 2011, Kinzie was arrested in Lakewood on charges of auto burglary, possession of burglary tools and damaging property, court records said. In June 2010, she pleaded guilty in Denver to false reporting on a mortgage loan transaction and was sentenced to 40 days in jail.

Yeah, sounds like a great mom. Social Services could totally not have predicted that she might neglect or abuse her child. I don’t know what the rest of the family is like, but it sounds like they cared about little Caleb a lot more than his mother did.

My question: she was jailed in August 2011. She was, at the time, supposed to be looking after Caleb. Um, didn’t someone inquire as to who would take care of her kid while she was in jail? After all, Social Services knew he was with her, or supposed to be with her. It seems like someone ought to have realized something was wrong when Juanita waltzed into jail to serve her time without requesting foster care assistance or whatever for Caleb.

It’s such a shame. What else is there to say?