A nine-year-old boy was horrifically tortured by his stepmum, prosecutors say.
Emrik Osuna was found at a flat in Meridian, Idaho, and it is alleged that he was only fed rice and water.
His body was covered in bruises and vomit and appeared to be malnourished, reports KTVB.
Lawyers say he suffered neglect and torture at the hands of 27-year-old Monique Osuna.
“In combination with this physical abuse, this defendant admitted to what is essentially torture of E.O. by locking him in a small closet at night to sleep, withholding food, making him do physical strenuous punishments while she was working," said prosecutor Tamara Kelly at Thursday's arraignment.
The youngster died in the pediatric ICU at St. Luke's Meridian Medical Center after he was found.
Kelly told a judge: “The little boy had bruises all over his body, specifically on his buttocks, groin, legs and torso.
“Some of the bruises were extremely large and essentially covered the back of his body.”
She said that Osuna told cops she beat the boy with a frying pan. She also claims a belt and a dog leash were used.
The lawyer says that the alleged abuse intensified while Emrik was unable to go to school during the coronavirus pandemic.
Osuna is accused of forcing the lad to do jumping jacks and wall-sit exercises as she worked.
Emrik's dad, Erik Osuna, has told investigators that his son was only fed rice and water in the weeks leading up to his death.
Police say they found messages from Emrik's father to Osuna saying they needed to take the boy to hospital. They allegedly waited four hours to call 911.
The couple have three other kids, who are now in the hands of Idaho Health and Welfare.
Well-wishers on GoFundMe are trying to raise cash to have Emrik buried in California.
He lived there before he went to stay with his dad.
Osuna faces a first-degree murder charge. Emrik's dad is charged with felony injury to a child, infliction of great bodily injury and the destruction of evidence.
The couple are also accused of failing to provide Emrik with medical care and are being held on $2 million bail.
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