Miranda Cásarez Murders 4 Yr Old Boy

Miranda Cásarez
Miranda Cásarez

Miranda Cásarez is a killer from Texas who was convicted of the murder of her four year old stepson

According to court documents Miranda Cásarez would starve to death four year old Benjamin “Benji” Cervera Jr. As well as not giving the young boy proper nutrition Miranda would force the boy to consume hand sanitizer, urine and hot sauce

When authorities went to the home after someone called 911 and reported an unresponsive child they were shocked at the condition of the little boy. Benjamin “Benji” Cervera Jr weighed just twenty eight pounds at the time of his death

Miranda Casarez and her husband Brandon Cervera Sr were arrested and charged with murder and child abuse

Miranda Casarez would be convicted and sentenced to twenty five years in prison. Brandon Cervera Sr trial date is later this year

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Miranda Cásarez Case

A woman who was found guilty in the starvation death of her 4-year-old stepson was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison.

Jurors deliberated for about 3 1/2 hours before deciding punishment for Miranda Casarez, who was on trial on a charge of injury to a child in connection with the death of her stepson, Benjamin Cervera.

“Death by starvation is horrible and unconscionable. This case paints a grim picture of neglect and abuse and highlights the urgency of justice for victimized children,” Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales said in a news release.

The state pushed for the maximum punishment, life in prison, while defense attorneys asked jurors for probation.

Casarez pleaded for mercy on the witness stand Thursday to avoid a prison sentence.

She told jurors that she was a good mother, loved Benjamin and took no responsibility for the boy’s death.

“When did you starve Benji?” a prosecutor asked Casarez, who replied, “I didn’t starve him.”

The defendant instead blamed the boy’s father, Brandon Cervera, for the starvation and also said he physically abused him.

“You will not take responsibility for any of it?” the prosecutor asked the defendant. Casarez replied, “I didn’t cause those injuries. I never hit him.”

The jury on Wednesday just took one hour to find Casarez guilty.

During the trial, the state said Casarez withheld food and water from Benjamin and even recorded a video on her phone of him crying and begging for bread.

In the video clip shown in court, Benjamin is sitting in the backseat of the car and is crying saying, “I want bread.” Casarez can be heard telling him to sit back and you briefly see the side of her face before the video is cut off.

The video was taken the morning of Aug. 17, 2021, just hours before Benjamin was taken to a hospital and died from what was ruled as starvation.

Brandon Cervera is also charged in the case and his trial is pending.

https://www.ksat.com/news/local/2024/04/18/woman-sentenced-to-25-years-in-prison-for-starving-her-stepson-to-death

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