Melody Aranda Velasquez

Three year old adopted girl's death under investigation due to numerous injuries. She died from blunt force trauma 2 days after her injury. Her 2 father family consisted of Norberto Velasquez and Matthew Aranda and 3 other adopted children: two 5-year-olds boys and a 3-year-old boy. The other children are in state custody. Mr. Aranda has been charged with the death, and Mr. Velasquez with not seeking medical care sooner.

Melody Aranda Velasquez died, less than 2 months after being adopted.
Date: 2009-01-09
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father


Bexar County, Texas
United States
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Jury order probation in child death case2013-11-08
Trial begins in death of 3-year-old girl2013-10-29
Murdered 3-year-old's family says death could have been avoided2009-04-16
Autopsy reveals murdered girl's abuse and neglect2009-04-16
Deputies say girl, 3, may have been murdered2009-04-09
Arrests made in death of 3-year-old girl 2009-04-09
Adoptive parents charged in girl's death2009-04-09
Couple accused of murdering adopted daughter2009-04-09
Parents Charged In Toddler's Death2009-04-08
Judge Keeps Kids in State Custody after Child's Death2009-01-23
Death of 3-Year-Old Still Under Investigation2009-01-22
Parents say tumble preceded tot’s death2009-01-14
Sheriffs Investigating 3-Year-Old's Death2009-01-13
Deputies Investigate Death of 3-Year-Old Girl2009-01-12


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