Brandon Cervera has been arrested in the starvation death of his four year old son who died in 2021. According to police reports cellphone video has shown up showing Brandon Cervera four year old son Benjamin Cervera begging for food and water. The cellphone videos also showed the deterioration of Benjamin who was abused for a long period of time. The child who was forced to drink hand sanitizer while the cupboards and refrigerator in the home were locked. Brandon Cervera was charged with injury to a child while police in San Antonio Texas continue to investigate.
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A man was arrested Thursday on alleged child abuse charges stemming from the torture and recent death of a four-year-old boy.
Brandon Cervera, 28, was booked on Injury to a Child, a first-degree felony.
According to the arrest report, a nurse at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio called police to the emergency room on Aug. 17, 2021, after they became suspicious of the injuries sustained by 4-year-old Benjamin Cervera. The little boy was extremely thin and had multiple bruises all over his body in various stages of healing.
Benjamin passed away before police could respond, and a homicide detective was called in.
Detectives said that Benjamin was very thin and appeared to be undernourished and underweight for his age. He also only had on a disposable diaper, which detectives said was unusual for a child his age.
Brandon Cervera told investigators that the wounds on Benjamin’s body were self-inflicted. Photographs and video taken from the cell phone of a relative staying in the apartment were said to have contained evidence of Benjamin “hitting himself on the head with his hands and asking for bread.” An autopsy found that none of the injuries caused Benjamin’s death and that many of the injuries were not self-inflicted and were signs of physical abuse, according to the police report.
After obtaining a search warrant, detectives searched the apartment and found locks on the refrigerator, kitchen cabinets, pantry door and Benjamin’s bedroom door, which were meant to lock him inside the room.
More disturbing photos and videos were found on the relative’s cell phone, including a photo showing both of Benjamin’s eyes severely bruised and swollen, the child “shaking uncontrollably, crying, and begging for bread and water” and being denied that by Cervera and the other relative. Another video showed Benjamin forced to eat bread crumbs off the bathroom floor without the use of his hands. Benjamin was also forced to drink hand sanitizer and was seen “begging for water while crying and waving his hand in front of his mouth saying it was burning,” according to the arrest report.
Photos and videos also showed Benjamin’s physical deterioration leading up to his death, which was ruled that the little boy starved to death.
Cervera is being held at the Bexar County Jail in San Antonio on a $500,000 bond.
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Video footage allegedly shows a 4-year-old Texas child desperately begging his father for bread and water before his death.
That father, 28-year-old Brandon Cervera was arrested on Thursday in connection with the August death of his 4-year-old son Benjamin Cervera, Fox29 in San Antonio reports. Cervera has been booked on an injury to a child charge with the intent to cause serious bodily injury, a first degree felony, according to online jail records.
Little Benjamin Cervera was brought to the emergency room of the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio in August covered in bruises, according to an arrest report obtained by Fox29. The child, who was close to his 5th birthday, was also only wearing a disposable diaper, local outlet KABB reports.
A nurse, who was immediately suspicious of the injuries as well as Benjamin’s emaciated body, called police. By the time they arrived, Benjamin was dead.
Brandon Cervera claimed that the wounds on his son’s body — which were allegedly in various stages of healing — were self-inflicted. However, an autopsy determined that the wounds were likely the result of physical abuse, according to the arrest report.
Cellphone footage taken by a family member and now in the hands of police allegedly showed the boy’s father denying the child food as the boy “shaking uncontrollably, crying, and begging for bread and water,” according to police documents obtained by KABB. Other footage allegedly shows the child being forced to “eat bread crumbs off the bathroom floor without the use of his hands” as well as being forced to drink hand sanitizer.
According to KABB, the boy was “begging for water while crying and waving his hand in front of his mouth saying it was burning” after being made to consume hand sanitizer.
Brandon’s bond has been set at $500,000, online records show. He is scheduled to appear before a judge for a preliminary hearing on March 29. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer