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  • Teen says he drowned 4-year-old to protect secret (molestation/rape), police say

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/11/04/...a.boy.slaying/

    (CNN) -- A 14-year-old California boy told police he drowned his 4-year-old neighbor on Friday because the child had threatened to tell his mother the older boy had molested him, according to an affidavit made public Wednesday.

    Raul Renato Castro has been charged in Fresno County as an adult, with special circumstances including murder during a child molestation, sodomy, kidnapping and murder of a witness to prevent testimony, according to the district attorney's office.

    He faces separate felony charges of kidnapping, sodomy and child molestation.

    The affidavit, filed by the Fresno County Sheriff's Department, says Castro told investigators he lured the victim, Alex Christopher Mercato, into his apartment "by telling the victim he had something to show him."

    Police have said no one else was in the Mendota, California, house at the time.

    Castro then talked the boy into entering the bathroom, according to the document. Castro said he then sodomized the toddler, after which "the victim tripped over the carpet, fell, and hit the back of his head on the bathtub," the affidavit says.

    "Castro said the victim started crying and told Castro he was going to tell his mother. Castro said he panicked and decided to kill the victim by drowning him in the bathtub.

    "Castro turned on the water to the bathtub and filled it up just enough to put the victim's face underwater and drowned him. Castro said he held the victim underwater 2-4 minutes. Castro got into the bathtub with the victim, held him down until the victim died."

    "Castro then carried the victim over his left shoulder and put him [in]... the clothes dryer to conceal him."

    The incident occurred Friday afternoon, after Mercato's parents discovered that their child, who had been playing outside their house, was missing, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims told reporters Monday.

    The parents called police, who searched the neighborhood and nearby parks in Mendota, 33 miles west of Fresno, she said. Soon, the FBI was called in.

    On Saturday, authorities resumed the search and found the body stuffed inside the dryer in the apartment next door.

    An autopsy determined the victim had drowned.

    Under California law, a 14-year-old is not eligible for the death penalty or a sentence of life without the possibility of parole. If found guilty, Castro could receive no more than 32 years to life plus 15 years.
    Does anyone read these headlines and wonder WTF is happening to society?

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    This is the result of his parents letting him watch too much TV and not whipping him in the behind a few times when he screws up.

    But if you do that now a days, the kid would've probably called children's service on them.

    I miss the good old days...
    "Naw officer, I was hanging with my cousin"

    "Sooo, real cousin or play cousins ?"

    Originally posted by JasperST
    I'm thinking a battalion of menstruating bearded women could kick some serious booty!

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    • #3
      I wonder if any amount of proper parenting could have prevented that! This is just too sad. A 14yo should know the severity of that situation, which is proven by the fact that he tried to hide the body. Sad, just sad.
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      • #4


        It's all F'd up. I bet a years salary the 14 year old was perped on by somebody. Who ever perped on the teen should be charged with murder as well.

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        • #5
          I have read a lot of disturbing threads on here, but this one "Hurts" me.
          I wish I never read this. Being a father and just picturing that makes me sick.

          I can't even comment on my feelings/ wishes, with this being an open forum.
          MDRDEP:

          There are no stupid questions, but there sure are a lot of inquisitive idiots.

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          • #6
            I wonder if any amount of proper parenting could have prevented that! This is just too sad. A 14yo should know the severity of that situation, which is proven by the fact that he tried to hide the body. Sad, just sad
            Daddy should of pulled out or put him in a napkin.
            MDRDEP:

            There are no stupid questions, but there sure are a lot of inquisitive idiots.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by jcioccke View Post
              Daddy should of pulled out or put him in a napkin.
              LOL, I didn't think I could laugh that hard...especially after reading the above story.

              The teen will get the sodomy now and for the rest of his years.

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              • #8
                .................
                Last edited by Michigan; 11-07-2009, 06:00 AM.

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                • #9
                  Ahh..our future leaders of America..






                  Futurelaw

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                  • #10
                    All f'ked up jokes aside, this is one of those stories that makes you want to punch a hole in your monitor.........no, not yet

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by USMARINE View Post
                      This is the result of his parents letting him watch too much TV and not whipping him in the behind a few times when he screws up.

                      But if you do that now a days, the kid would've probably called children's service on them.

                      I miss the good old days...
                      No, this is the end result of very likely some very severe abuse suffered by the 14 year-old when HE was younger. Somewhere in that family is an ADULT abuser, & likely one very close to the children.

                      That does is not to excuse the 14 year-old. But anyone who thinks that a child just one day decides to sexually abuse his own toddler brother has not the slightest acquaintance with the well-known dynamics of childhood sexual abuse.

                      No, corporal punishment does not deter sexual predators. If it did, well then we could very quickly and easily put a stop to it, couldn't we?

                      Nor is this about "watching too much tv."

                      BTW, in "the good old days," this sort of thing was NEVER talked about. You never heard about it, and believe it or not when it did come to anyone's attention most often it was treated as a "figment of the child's imagination" or "seductiveness" on the part of the child. Children simply weren't believed.

                      You can KEEP your "Good Old Days"!
                      Hatred never ceases by hatred, but by love alone is healed.
                      Happiness never decreases by being shared. -- Buddhist quotation
                      A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. -- Proverbs 15:1

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by rubyrose View Post
                        No, this is the end result of very likely some very severe abuse suffered by the 14 year-old when HE was younger. Somewhere in that family is an ADULT abuser, & likely one very close to the children.

                        That does is not to excuse the 14 year-old. But anyone who thinks that a child just one day decides to sexually abuse his own toddler brother has not the slightest acquaintance with the well-known dynamics of childhood sexual abuse.
                        not toddler brother, toddler neighbor.

                        I want to know, where was the parents of the toddler and did they know where their child was?

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