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Investigators and prosecutors testified in court Wednesday that an Idaho boy named Emrik Osuna was battered and tortured repeatedly before his death in early September, providing testimony and giving glimpses of what he went through.
Meridian residents Monique and Erik Osuna appeared before Magistrate Judge Daniel Steckel for a preliminary hearing. He eventually agreed to drop the charges against both Osunas, suggesting that the murder investigation would proceed.
He was 9 years old.
On Sept. 2, 2020, both Osunas was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Erik’s biological son, Emrik Osuna. Erik Osuna is also accused of felony counts of tampering with, concealing, or destroying evidence, as well as causing bodily harm and child injury.
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On Wednesday, several videos recorded on nanny cameras mounted inside the suspects’ home and later discovered by police were also seen in court. Emrik was sleeping in the fetal position on the floor on August 21, 2020, when Monique unexpectedly grabbed his hair and swung him through the air like a ragdoll.
The victim was also pulled to the kitchen by his stepmother, who screamed at him to do jumping jacks. She was also seen punching Emrik and hitting him with a spoon. Monique reportedly assaulted the young boy for waking up in the middle of the night and drinking from cups that had been left out, according to Meridian Police Detective Matthew Ferronato.
Other video shows Emrik doing incredibly exhausting physical exercises such as wall-sits, one-legged stands, and “inch-worms” for lengthy periods of time. “Each day, I would say over 12 hours a day, or thereabouts,” Ferronato told the court. It will often go on for 20 hours or more of continuous exercise.”
According to sources, on the night of Emrik’s death, his father Erik sent a message to his wife telling her that they needed to take the boy to the emergency room and “face it.”
“If you don’t want to, that’s fine; I’ll go,” the text continued. I understand your fear; I am as well.”
Monique is also said to have sent a text to her coworker and friend Hannah Berry at the same time, saying that Emrik was not doing well.
At the end of her talk with Miller, Monique Osuna was arrested.
Monique was not read her Miranda rights prior to their prolonged discussion, according to Miller, but she was read her rights before a subsequent interview at the Ada County Jail, where she told investigators a similar tale of violence.
Three other children, including an infant, lived in the Osunas‘ house, but police said they did not appear to be abused. Steckel ruled to move the case forward after hearing hours of evidence at the hearing, which started at 8:30 a.m. and ended at 6 p.m.
The Osunas could face the death penalty or life in prison if convicted. They are both being held in the Ada County Jail on $2 million bonds. Their next court appearance is set for April 26; trial dates have not yet been set.