Crystal Figueroa was a beautiful three and a half year old little girl. On January 12, 2006 her beaten and battered body was found in a dumpster at the Villa Cordova Apartments. For six weeks she was known as Jane "Cordova" Doe. No one reported the child missing, nobody came forward to claim her remains.
A break came when the child's grandmother alerted authorities. Gladys Perez, the child's mother, and her boyfriend and Marc Anthony Colon were arrested and charged with murder. According to authorities the couple decided not to seek medical help for the little girl fearing that the extensive injuries would mean trouble for Colon who was on parole, instead they threw the child in the garbage after she quit breathing. They each point the finger at one another as to who caused Crystal's injuries.
Their trial has begun in Nevada.
I'll never understand how any mother could put self preservation or the welfare of her boyfriend/husband above the welfare of her child.
If you are in an abusive relationship or your children are being abused please seek help.
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