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Eighteen-month-old Ares Baroz had been bleeding in his brain and had fractures on his skull, legs and shoulder area when he died the day before Thanksgiving, court records say.
Last week, prosecutors revealed new information that they say could shed some light into the boy’s life at home.
A picture found on his mother’s cellphone shows Ares with the words “thug life” scribbled in black Sharpie across his tiny stomach, Assistant District Attorney Susan Stinson told The Washington Post. A fake tattoo and the word “loco” can be seen on his forehead.
It’s unclear when the pictures were taken or whether they were somehow connected to the boy’s injuries. But his mother, 27-year-old Miranda Rabago, of Santa Fe, N.M., who told police she’s the toddler’s only caretaker, has been indicted on child-abuse charges. Her public defender, Stephen Taylor, said it’s too early in the case to say what those pictures suggest or indicate.
“It’s difficult to look at something like that and think the worst about that kind of picture, especially in the context of what we know so far,” Taylor said. “I just want to caution everybody into thinking that there’s something to that evidence, when we haven’t gotten everything yet to see the whole picture, the whole story about what led to Ares’s death.”
But Stinson said the pictures indicate, to some extent, how the boy was treated at home.