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Man, who denied his girlfriend’s 3-and-4-year-old kids food so it wouldn’t make them go to the bathroom and would occasionally beat and restrain the children in the office, was sentenced to life in prison

Texas – In a deeply disturbing case in Texas, a 45-year-old man, identified as V. Prado, has been handed two consecutive life sentences after being found guilty of severely abusing two young children. This case, which involved disturbing acts of violence and neglect, has highlighted the grave responsibilities of adult caretakers and the severe repercussions of their betrayal.

The case against Prado was solidified after a horrifying discovery in a commercial office building where Prado operated a moving company. Prado had allowed his girlfriend, the mother of a three-year-old and a four-year-old, to live in the building, which was completely inappropriate for residential purposes, lacking even basic amenities like a kitchen or shower.

Authorities were alerted to the situation after a witness noticed alarming signs of abuse. The children, according to the witness, appeared severely malnourished and were often heard screaming at night. The witness further recounted seeing Prado and the children’s mother leaving the building at night without the children, sometimes leaving music blaring to drown out the children’s cries.

The children were eventually removed from their mother’s custody and taken to a hospital by child protective services. Medical examinations provided a grim view: the four-year-old boy was malnourished to the point of resembling a skeleton, weighing only 32 pounds, and both children had multiple injuries indicative of severe physical abuse.

During the trial, the evidence presented revealed the reality that the children faced daily. Jurors learned of the children being restrained with zip ties, beaten, and starved because, as Prado callously noted, feeding them would lead to the need for bathroom breaks. The level of neglect and physical abuse led to the children suffering from broken bones in various stages of healing, permanent damage to the brain, and severe intestinal injuries. Doctors described the children’s injuries as akin to those seen in high-impact car crashes. Additionally, both children had sustained broken pelvises and had ligature marks on their limbs.

The case, prosecuted by Assistant DA A. Sheridan, was a clear depiction of the worst forms of child abuse. Sheridan, in her concluding remarks, emphasized the lost innocence and enduring trauma the children would carry for life, stating that the perpetrator should face the consequences of his actions in kind. The DA expressed hope that Prado’s conviction and the subsequent life sentence would offer some closure to the tragic case, though she acknowledged that the psychological impact on the victims and their family might never fully heal

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