Kareem Leiva Wiki – Kareem Leiva Biography
A suspected MS-13 gang member who will go on trial next week for the gruesome 2018 murder of his California girlfriend’s 10-year-old son is a native of El Salvador and living in the US illegally, according to a source police. Kareem Ernesto Leiva, 37, and his American girlfriend, Heather Maxine Barron, 33, are charged with murder and torture in the death of their son, Anthony Avalos, as well as child abuse of two other children in the home, according to court records show.
Prosecutors allege the boy had been beaten, starved, forced to kneel on rice, force-fed, whipped and more in a home where he was allegedly subjected to “extreme physical pain and suffering.”
While in jail, Leiva allegedly stabbed another inmate, according to court documents, and was charged with domestic violence against women in both 2010 and 2013. His brother, Mauricio Leiva, is another suspected MS-13 member who was charged in a federal extortion case against a deadly drug ring in 2016, court documents show.
Kareem Leiva Age
The age of Kareem Leiva is 37 years.
Kareem Leiva accused of the torture and murder of 10-year-old California boy
The murder trial of Leiva and Barron in Los Angeles is scheduled to begin next week. Jonathan Hatami, who rose to prominence as the lead prosecutor in the Gabriel Fernández trial, and Saeed Teymouri are assigned to the case. Leiva’s defense attorney, Dan Chambers, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
Prosecutors previously alleged that Barron and Leiva spanked the boy, poured hot sauce in his face and hung him upside down. He had been tortured “for almost two weeks, until paramedics came to [the] residence and found Anthony’s lifeless body,” the court documents allege. Anthony and his siblings also suffered other forms of abuse, including being burned with a curling iron or locked in their rooms for hours.
On June 20, 2018, just weeks after the end of Anthony’s fourth-grade school year, Barron called 911 to report that her son was unconscious, according to the documents. Police arrived and found the boy gasping for breath and covered in bruises and abrasions. He also had circular burn marks on his stomach. After he was transported to a hospital, doctors noted that he appeared “severely malnourished and dehydrated.”