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Innocence Lost - Anthony Maldonado murdered.
No, not on the streets.
Anthony Maldonado (9) was happily playing with his Christmas gift while staying with relatives over the holiday. He was thrilled with the play station and Tony Hawk skateboarding game.
But evil was in the room with him.
Evil in the form of a criminal thug who uses the name "Aaron" and a false identity of "Michael Jacob."
2004 -Morales served five years in prison for a 2004 violent subway assault, in
which he bashed his victim on the head with a bottle, causing serious injury.
2005 -Alejandro Morales was convicted of assault and served 2 years in prison;
Dozens of prior arrests and convictions for:
With open cases against him of:
Alejandro Morales was the only person in the room with young Anthony at the time of the stabbling.
2010 - January 3 - 3:35 A.M - Anthony was playing his play station with Morales who lived in the same building. Morales' two brothers were also there but left to get something to eat.
Apparently an argument occurred over the game.
Soon after, Anthony knocked on his uncle's bedroom door telling him "I've been stabbed."
Anthony was slashed on his face and stabbed several times, he had bruises- it's believed he struggled with Morales before being stabbed in the chest.
A 911 call is placed.
Police & Paramedics arrived.
Anthony was rushed to the hospital
4:19 A.M. - Anthony Maldonado is dead.
An autopsy showed Anthony had a perforated left lung and carotid artery.
Anthony's family is left to mourn over a senseless death and asking for justice.... for the death penalty.
Antonio Juela (Anthony's grandfather) "Anthony was playing ... on PlayStation when his friend came and stabbed him. My grandson died over a video game."
"Anthony was a loving child who loved his PlayStation." "He got the PlayStation for Christmas and was very happy." "He was so happy."
Cecilia Cunalata (Anthony's aunt) "Morales' brothers who had been there that night but left, told Anthony's family..."We hate him. We don't understand why he did this."
"She (Morales' mother) said he was "sick" (schizophrenic).""He doesn't like kids playing games." "She can't believe it. She doesn't have the words to describe why he did this."
Alejandro Morales was sent to be assessed at Bellvue Hospital for a mental evaluation.
Morales will be arraigned on murder and weapons possession charges