Veronica Gonzales Murders Niece

Veronica Gonzales is a woman from California who was sentenced to death for the murder of her four year old niece

Veronica Gonzales and Ivan Gonzales were suppose to be taking care of their four year old niece as the child’s mother was in rehab and her father was in prison. Unfortunately Veronica and Ivan were the last people who should have been trusted with a child

Veronica Gonzales and Ivan Gonzales would starve and beat the little girl until they threw her into a bathtub filled with scalding water. The little girl would end up dying from the burns.

Both Veronica Gonzales and Ivan Gonzales would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death

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Veronica Gonzales is currently incarcerated at the Central California Women’s Facility

Veronica Gonzales Death Sentence Upheld

The state Supreme Court upheld the death sentence Thursday for a woman who was convicted along with her husband for the torture and murder of 4-year-old Genny Rojas in what was called the worst case of child abuse in San Diego County history.

Veronica Gonzales was sentenced to death in July 1998 for the murder of Genny, her niece. The child had been burned in a bathtub of scalding hot water, submerged until the skin peeled off her body.

Veronica and her husband, Ivan, waited several hours before calling authorities.

The subsequent investigation revealed the burning was only the last example of what Associate Justice Carol Corrigan wrote was “a prolonged and varied course of abuse.” Trial testimony revealed the couples’ two-bedroom Chula Vista apartment had become a house of horrors for the girl, with testimony so graphic it haunted jurors and investigators long after the trial was over.

She was beaten repeatedly, burned with a blow dryer on her face and upper body, and handcuffed and hung from a bar inside a closet for hours at a time. She had come to live with the methamphetamine-addicted couple, who had six children of their own, when her own mother headed to a drug rehabilitation program.

Ivan Gonzales was also sentenced to death. The two are the first married couple ever sentenced to death row in California history.

Though Genny died 16 years ago and the two were sentenced in 1998, this is the first appeal for Veronica Gonzales, who is housed at Chowchilla women’s prison in central California. She can now pursue appeals in the federal courts, which could take years, and second habeas corpus appeal in state courts.

The Supreme Court has not yet set a hearing on the first appeal for Ivan Gonzales.

The 80-page opinion rejected a variety of attacks on the verdict from Veronica Gonzales. She had claimed she was a battered woman dominated by her husband, but Corrigan rejected that and said evidence showed Veronica was the dominant person in the marriage.

While agreeing to uphold the guilty verdict, Associate Justice Rebecca Wiseman — an appellate court judge who was assigned to hear the case in place of retired Justice Carlos Moreno — said the death sentence should be reversed.

She wrote that closing argument by then-prosecutor and current San Diego Superior Court Judge Dan Goldstein was improper because Goldstein read an emotional letter he wrote to the dead girl. Wiseman said such a powerful appeal to jurors’ emotions was improper and merited reversing the death sentence.

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