Serenity Julia Gandara

  Serenity 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.
Date: 2010-07-17
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father, Foster mother


Organizations: California Department of Social Services , Kern County CPS

Post placement

Persons: Paul Bryan


Bakersfield, California
United States
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Severe child abuse linked to couple who fled to Mexico2012-04-07
Pair suspected of killing child arrested in Mexico2012-03-08
Foster parents arrested in Mexico for Bakersfield toddler's death2012-03-08
Autopsy Shows Foster Girl Serenity Gandara Died of Blunt-force Trauma2010-08-02
Relatives say goodbye to Serenity|2010-07-23
Grandmother of murdered foster child said CPS wrongly took sibling2010-07-20
Murder warrants issued in 3-year-old's death2010-07-20
Boy Left Behind With Body of Dead Sister; Family Flees2010-07-20
Girl Dead, Boy Abandoned in Calif. Home2010-07-19

Serenity Julia Gandara

Serenity's Killers have been arrested by FBI and are in Mexico Jail. YAAAA!!!!

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