Funeral Held For Toddler Murdered In The Lower Valley


POSTED: Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 8:45pm

UPDATED: Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 9:09pm

LOWER VALLEY — The family of a two-year-old beaten to death by his mother's boyfriend in The Lower Valley say their last goodbyes.
Two-year-old Isaiah Villanueva's funeral was held at The Hillcrest Funeral Home. The family says it's hard to believe someone would want to hurt the innocent child.
Fernandez Escarsega is the uncle of the toddler police say was beaten to death by Ever Mendez.  He says there is no excuse to harm a child.
"Especially to little kids. If it was somebody bigger that could defend themselves. You know, I could see that, but if somebody can't defend himself, that's what I can't stand," said Escarsega.
Mendez was the boyfriend of Isaiah's mother Dora.
Police found the boy unresponsive in the home. They say the cause of death is blunt force trauma.
Mendez has been charged with capital murder. Escarsega says that the family has no mercy for the man who killed his two-year-old nephew.
"I don't feel sorry for him. Whatever he gets he deserves.You know for a little boy. You can't do that," said Escarsega.
Family friend Jazmin Jimenez says that they brought balloons for Isaiah because it always cheered him up.
"When he cries, he wants to see balloons. When my mom had balloons, she would give him balloons and he stopped crying. He was a little kid who always smiled," said Jimenez.
Veronica Quintanilla says that although Isaiah was a distant relative, the tragedy is hard to comprehend.
"You never think it is going to happen to you or someone in your family. It's hard.  Even though we weren't that close, it's sad. It breaks my heart," said Quintanilla.
Family members also say that you can never be too safe to make sure you know the criminal background of the people who you trust alone with your children.
Mendez was charged with a felony last year for attempting to strangle a family member.

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