Phoenix authorities recently declared that a 28-year-old mother and her boyfriend, an ex-convict, have been charged with child endangerment, hindering prosecution, and possibility first-degree murder, following the death of a 9-year-old child who was found shot in the head at the couple’s home. A Phoenix PD spokesperson declared that, before calling the authorities, the couple tried to erase any incriminating evidence from their home, but refused to give any details.
Wendy Lavarnia, a 28-year-old mother from Phoenix, and Kansas Lavarnia, an ex-convict, have recently been taken into custody after the authorities determined that they’ve provided false testimony as to what happened to the 9-year-old boy who was shot in the head at the couple’s Phoenix home. The event took place on Monday.
According to Sergeant Vince Lewis of the Phoenix Police Department, a woman, later identified as Wendy Lavarnia, dialed 911 on Monday saying her 2-year-old boy accidentally shot his 9-year-old. The paramedics and police officers who arrived at the woman’s house were told that the 2-year-old was playing which accidentally discharging, wounding his 9-year-old brother in the process.
However, approximately three hours later, the Lavarnia’s boyfriend, Kansas, returned home, with a badly bandaged shoulder wound. Prompted by the man’s appearance and his suspicious wound, the authorities arrested the couple on suspicion of murder.
Sergeant Lewis declared that the on-going investigation revealed that the Phoenix couple supplied the police with conflicting testimonies. Furthermore, it appears that Lavarnia and her boyfriend delayed calling the authorities. An investigation of the house revealed that before calling the police, the woman and her boyfriend attempted to eliminate all evidence from the house. However, since this is an on-going investigation, the authorities refused to offer any details about what they found in the couple’s house.
At the moment, the couple is being detained at a Phoenix penitentiary, and a judge posted their bond at $1 million each. Sources said that the couple did not hire a legal representative for the upcoming trial. Wendy Lavarnia asked the magistrate is she could visit her 9-year-old son in the hospital. The magistrate declined Lavarnia’s appeal, saying that she did not acquit her bail.
Unfortunately, due to the extent of his injury, the 9-year-old boy passed away at the hospital. The Phoenix couple will now have to answer to multiple charges including first-degree murder, child endangerment, and hindering prosecution.
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