Serenity Julia Gandara
3-year-old girl in the process of being adopted by her uncle Alberto Garcia and his wife Carla Garcia (aka Carla Mariela Garcia Torres), was found dead while her 4-year-old brother, Isaiah, was sleeping in another room. The Garcia's fled to Mexico with their three biological children. Serenity's cause of death was blunt force trauma to her abdomen; her liver and bowel were lacerated and her pancreas was torn in half. She also had a skull fracture and she had been hit repeatedly on the head with an object. Isaiah had bruises and scars, and reported both children were beaten with a belt and a stick.
Both foster parents are charged with first degree murder.
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Organizations: California Department of Social Services , Kern County CPS
Organizations: California Department of Social Services
Persons: Paul Bryan
See map: Google Maps