Idaho prosecutors have charged a stepmother with murder and her husband with felony injury after police say a nine-year-old boy was discovered starved and covered in bruises in the family’s home earlier this week.
The child, Emrik Osuna, was pronounced dead early Wednesday morning, just hours after paramedics arrived at his parents' residence in Meridian and found him not breathing, with vomit coming out of his mouth.
Online court records show Emrik's stepmother, 27-year-old Monique Osuna, has been charged with murder, and the child’s father, Erik Osuna-Gutierrez, 29, has been charged with felony injury to a child, infliction of great bodily harm and destruction of evidence.
Monique Osuna, 27, (left), has been charged with murder in the beating death of her nine-year-old stepson. The boy's father, Erik Osuna-Gutierrez, 29 (right), has been charged with felony injury to a child, infliction of great bodily harm and destruction of evidence
Emrik Osuna, nine, was found not breathing and without a heartbeat at his family's home in Idaho on Tuesday night
Neither of them have had the opportunity to enter a plea, and court records show the Ada County Public Defender’s office has been assigned to handle their cases.
During a hearing on Thursday, a prosecutor detailed what she described as months of 'horrific' torture that Emrik had endured at the hands of his stepmother, reported KTVB.
'Due to COVID, she's been working from home and since [Emrik] was not in school, she essentially had access to him all day long,' Tamara Kelly said in court.
Osuna reportedly has admitted to police that she had kicked her stepson in the groin and beat him with various objects, among them a frying pan, a wooden spoon, a backscratcher and a belt, which she later swapped for a dog leash because it was heavier.
The married mother-of-four also allegedly tortured Emrik by locking him in a closet at night, feeding him nothing but rice and water for weeks, and subjecting him to strenuous physical exercise as punishment, including protracted wall sits and jumping jacks.
Police and paramedics were called to the Osunas' home in Meridian nearly five hours after Osuna-Gutierrez texted his wife that Emrik needed to go to the hospital
Osuna allegedly admitted to kicking her stepson in the groin and beating Emrik with a pan, a wooden spoon, a belt and a dog leash. The torture took place while she worked from home
At the time of his death, Emrik was covered in bruises and vomit, and was severely