10 MONTH OLD DESTINY BARRIENTOS BEATEN INTO A COMA BY HER MOTHER’S BOYFRIEND – CCA0011

10 MONTH OLD DESTING BARRIENTOS BEATEN INTO A COMA BY HER MOTHER’S BOYFRIEND

Destiny Barrientos

Destiny Barrientos

The story of Destiny Barrientos is one I am struggling to come to terms with.  I don’t believe justice even came close to being done for this little girl, but I’ll let you decide for yourselves.

10 month old Destiny Barrientos showed up at a Texas hospital after suffering a severe beating, leaving her with injuries so bad, she was put on life support.  Her injuries included a ruptured spleen, severed intestines, a ruptured pancreas, and blunt force trauma to the head.  As a result of these injuries the little girl also suffered severe internal bleeding, which then led to reduced blood flow to her brain, resulting in irreversible damage.  From the very beginning Destiny’s prognosis was not good.  Doctor’s did not believe the baby girl would survive, and even if she did against all odds, she would forever remain in a vegetative state.

Jose Reyna and Veronica Solis

Jose Reyna and Veronica Solis

Veronica Solis, Destiny’s mother, and her boyfriend, Jose Reyna were arrested in connection with Destiny’s violent beating.  Jose Reyna was a reported gang member and already had a warrant out for his arrest.  Some catch eh?  Apparently Reyna has a bit of a temper, and no idea how to care for an infant.  Despite these two shining qualities, Solis had no concern when leaving this monster with babysitting duties for Destiny and her two siblings.  Solis went to work, and later received a call from Reyna that Destiny wasn’t her usual self (usual being conscious).  How could this happen?  Well, when little Destiny began crying, Reyna shook and beat the little girl until she was unresponsive.

Here’s where things became more horrific than thought possible.  Reyna beat this little girl almost to death, and by ALMOST beating her to death, he avoided murder charges.  How did he avoid these charges if the little girl did die in the end?  Well, mom decided not to consent to removing her battered and suffering child from life support.  Maybe her own situation played into that decision as well, considering her charges would too be upgraded if little Destiny died.

Jose Reyna and Veronica Solis

Jose Reyna and Veronica Solis

Officials did discuss the possibility of appointing a guardian to decide baby Destiny’s fate.  In the end, Destiny remained in a coma on life support for seven long months, left to suffer while Solis and Reyna went to trial for their charges of injury to a child.  Yup, that is the one and only charge each faced.  The prosecution saw  no reason to not to go right to trial.  In the end, Solis was sentenced to ten years probation and Reyna was sentenced to five years in prison.  Quite the slap on the wrist if you ask me.  Once these two were convicted, double jeopardy came into play.  Destiny was finally taken off life support and passed away two days later.  This beautiful little girl was murdered – but guess what …. because Solis and Reyna had already been charged and convicted in this case, they would never face charges of murder.  Nobody had to answer for the death of an innocent baby girl.

 Another familiar fact reared its ugly head in this case.  Did you guess?  CPS investigators had previously been called to the home, on more than one occasion.  Apparently a parole officer had found Reyna smoking weed in front of the baby during a visit, and the parole officer saw that a cause for concern.  First smart thing to happen in this case.  So CPS responds to this and, according to CPS Spokesman John Lennan, they made Solis and Reyna sign an agreement to not allow Reyna further contact with the children to ensure their safety.  REALLY?  Did they honestly see that as a good and safe resolution????

This case makes me sick to my stomach.  How could this monster get away with doing this?  How can anyone see 5 years in prison as equal to the life of a ten month old baby girl?  When will this stop?  When will we stop worrying about the rights of a child murderer and begin to worry about what has happened to these children?  When will enough be enough?

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Destiny Barrientos - HEAVEN TO HOME

LTWH CCA GRAPHIC

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~ by LTWH on February 1, 2012.

One Response to “10 MONTH OLD DESTINY BARRIENTOS BEATEN INTO A COMA BY HER MOTHER’S BOYFRIEND – CCA0011”

  1. broke my heart

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