Nicolas Zavala

Nicolas Zavala was placed in the custody of his grandmother Margaret E. Williams by Illinois DCFS after living in several foster homes. 6 months later, in Aug 2002, he disappeared. His skeletal remains were found in April 2003. No one has been charged in his murder.
His grandmother was convicted of felony neglect for administering excessive punishments. Nicolas was forced to kneel on a broomstick for 2 hours while holding heavy objects hands and to lean his forehead against a wall for several hours with his body at an incline and his feet two to three feet from the wall. Nicolas Uncle Miguel Campos who lived with the family at the time also participated in the discipline.
Mrs Williams homestudy was incomplete, did not include 2000 child abuse misdemeanors, and she sis not attend foster training. No one followed up to remove the child after Indiana refused the placement with Willaims
Date: 2002-08-04
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation, Death by unknown cause
Abuser: Other family member, Undetermined

Post placement

Organizations: Guardian Angel Home, Joliet IL


Oxford, Indiana
United States
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Campos given work release for felony perjury; Prosecutors still hope to pursue neglect case 2005-09-22
Uncle of dead boy admits perjury 2005-08-23
Grandmother's appeal of neglect charge rejected 2005-06-16
Nicolas' guardian sentenced 2004-03-16
Benton jury convicts Nicolas' grandma 2004-02-21
Oxford boy's uncle charged with neglect, battery 2004-02-04
Nicolas' grandmother back in court 2004-01-14
Boy's body found, but clues elusive 2003-12-28
DCFS cites series of errors in boy's death 2003-10-31
Dead boy's grandmother charged with neglect 2003-07-23
State office investigating 11-year-old boy's death; Inspector General: Reviewing all records of the Zavala case2003-05-06
Communites mourn tragedies 2003-05-02
Missing foster child found dead Downstate 2003-04-26
State police to take over missing boy case 2002-10-11
The strange, slow case of a missing Oxford 12-year-old (EDITORIAL)2002-10-05
Boy perhaps foul play victim 2002-10-01


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