Mother charged with murder of 10-year-old son who came out as gay

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The mother of a 10-year-old Lancaster, California, boy who came out as gay weeks before his death has been arrested and charged with his murder.

Heather Maxine Barron, 28, was charged with one count of murder and one count of torture for the death of her son, Anthony Avalos, by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office on Friday, according to a press release by the office.

She also faces one count of child abuse. Barron’s bail was set to $2 million, online jail records show.

Her boyfriend, Kareem Leiva, 32, was arrested and charged with Anthony’s murder and torture on Wednesday.

He faces one additional count of assault on a child causing death. His bail was also set to $2 million.

Barron has not yet entered a plea. Her arrangement was postponed to Monday, while Leiva, who is being treated for a laceration in his upper chest, will be arraigned after he is medically cleared, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Anthony died on June 21 after being found unresponsive a day earlier at his family’s apartment.

Anthony recently “said he liked boys,” according to DCFS Deputy Director Brandon Nichols.

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