GIOVANNI GONZALEZ-COLON – ENDANGERED MISSING August 15, 2008 – USMCC000344LTWH – UPDATED 09.13.2013
Date of Birth: May 1, 2003
Height: 4’1” Weight: 40 lbs
Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Missing: August 15, 2008 From: Lynn, MA
Distinguishing Features: He has a small scar above his right eyebrow, a small birthmark on the inside of his left ankle, and a faded skin pigmentation mark on the lower left side of his chest.
Last Seen Wearing: Red T-Shirt, Blue Jeans, Black Sandals with a Spiderman Logo and a Braided Silver Chain Necklace.
Giovanni’s mother, Daisy Colon, dropped him off in the area of Brightwood Terrace, in Lyn, Massachusetts at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 15, 2008. He was carrying a Transformers backpack containing some of his clothes and toys. He was supposed to have a weekend visitation with his father, Ernesto Gonzalez. Daisy was unable to reach Ernesto or Giovanni by phone all weekend. When she came to pick Giovanni up on Sunday, no one answered the door at Ernesto’s apartment. Daisy called the police, who came over and got inside the apartment. Ernesto was there, but Giovanni wasn’t with him. Giovanni’s toys were inside them home, but not his backpack or any clothing. Giovanni has never been heard from again.
When questioned, Ernesto said he wasn’t aware of any scheduled visit with Giovanni and hasn’t seen the boy since August 10. However, witnesses at the Lynn Behavioural Clinic on Union Street say Giovanni accompanied Ernesto to a scheduled appointment between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on August 16, the day after Daisy last saw him. That’s the last confirmed sighting of Giovanni, but Ernesto’s neighbours say they heard a child’s voice coming from his apartment later that day.
Giovanni’s parents separated when he was two-years old and Daisy says Ernesto had little contact with his son until the summer of 2008, when he asked to become part of Giovanni’s life. Daisy and Ernesto went into counselling so they could maintain consistent parenting techniques. They developed a verbal agreement for scheduled visits until September 15, at which time they would go to court and work out legal custody and visitation rights. Ernesto also filed for joint custody of Giovanni in June, 2008.
On August 18, authorities arrested Ernesto and charged him with child endangerment in his son’s disappearance. He reportedly refused to cooperate with the investigation, and he had a cut on his left finger and wouldn’t say how he got it.
Several days after Ernesto’s arrest, police searched his apartment and seized several items, including knives, a blood-stained bottle of household cleanser and a blood-stained mop that had been cleaned with bleach. Testing later proved the blood was not Giovanni’s. Ernesto has a history of substance abuse and violent behaviour. He has been arrested three times, the last time in 2001, when he punched his girlfriend, chased her with a knife and damaged her car. He was convicted of multiple assault charges and served three months in jail. Daisy said that while Ernesto had violent outbursts and once threw a chair at her, she never saw him abuse Giovanni.
In November 2008, in an interview with the Boston Globe, Ernesto confessed to Giovanni’s murder. He said he stabbed his son to death, dismembered the body in the bathtub and discarded the six parts in trash bins around Lynn. Ernesto said the murder wasn’t planned, he didn’t know why he had done it and he regretted it. Authorities have expressed scepticism of Ernesto’s statement, however, there is no evidence in his apartment to corroborate his story. In December, the child endangerment charge against Ernesto was dropped and he was instead charged with parental kidnapping and misleading police.
The parental kidnapping charge was also dismissed in June 2011, however. The judge ruled that, because there was no court order that denied Ernesto custody or specifically gave Daisy custody, he had a legal right to take his son.
Ernesto remains in jail without bail on the charge of misleading police; this charge carries a penalty of up to ten years in prison. In November 2011, he was additionally charged with assaulting a cellmate in jail.
Daisy does not believe Giovanni is dead; she believes Ernesto hid him and he is still alive. She speculated that Ernesto had taken Giovanni to Puerto Rico. Both Ernesto and Daisy were born in Puerto Rico and have family there. Investigators looked into that theory and contacted Ernesto’s Puerto Rican relatives, but they found no evidence that Giovanni was on the island. Daisy stated that after one visit with his father, Giovanni came back “pretending to be someone else”. She believes Ernesto was coaching him to use a false name.
She said when Giovanni was packing for his final visit with Ernesto, he wanted to pack considerably more clothes than he needed.
In June of 2012, the State’s Supreme Judicial Court reinstated the parental kidnapping charge against Ernesto. There have been no new leads uncovered as to Giovanni’s location and welfare.
Both Daisy and the police feel the Giovanni is still alive.
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