Washington mother accused of killing, stabbing 4-year-old son 16 times: report

Detectives said that Ariel’s body was wrapped in a blanket and that there were around 16 sharp-force wounds to the front of his body, as well as a cluster of wounds to his upper back.

Three days prior to discovering his body, Maria Garcia, Ariel’s grandmother, filed for “emergency minor guardianship,” alleging that the child’s mother “has a long history of alcohol and substance abuse that has gotten worse in the last few months,” Fox 13 reported.

The court documents obtained by the news station also revealed that Maria Garcia said her daughter’s behavior is “very violent and unpredictable” and asked the court to give limited or no visitation to the child’s mother, citing physical child abuse.

The court documents obtained by the news station also revealed that Maria Garcia said her daughter’s behavior is “very violent and unpredictable” and asked the court to give limited or no visitation to the child’s mother, citing physical child abuse. 

During her first court appearance, a judge set Garcia’s bail at $5 million.

Ariel’s aunt, Daisy Salazar, has also set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses.

“Ariel was one of the most loving little man that I know. Never did I ever see him walking around without a smile,” Salazar wrote. “Any funds not spent on the funeral services will be used for the welfare and care of Ariel’s brother.”

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