Son, 11, beats disabled mom to death
Sacramento, CA, United States (4E) – A 51-year-old disabled woman, hospitalized after being violently beaten with an extension cord by her 11-year-old son, has died.
Tracey Gipaya’s death was due to a pre-existing condition and was not caused by the beating.
The boy, who is not identified because of his young age, was arrested last week in his grade school last week and was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and elder abuse.
Police will not file new charges to the boy.
Elk Grove Police Officer, Chris Trim, said that the mother have wounds on her body showing clear signs of abuse.
Although very young, the boy is his mother’s primary caregiver. He did the chores including cooking meals and the laundry in the home they shared.
Details about the mother’s disability were unknown.
According to the police, a third party reported the suspicions of maltreatment.
Investigators confirmed that that the mother had been beaten on more than one occasion by her son with an extension cord eight to ten feet long and equipped with several outlets.
It was learned that someone comes occasionally to take care of the woman but it was not clear how long the boy had been involved or if authorities were aware of the situation.
Laura McCasland, a spokesperson for the county Department of Health and Human Services, said she was not familiar with the case. She also admitted that anyone under the age of 14 is prohibited by the child labor law from working as a caregiver through the In-Home Supportive Services program.
The youngster’s father was given temporary custody by Juvenile Court Referee Natalie Lindsey on Monday.
The Daily Mail reported that the boy’s older sister from Southern California also plead for guardianship, pointing out the father’s knowledge about the mother’s condition and the boy’s difficulties, but her appeals were denied.