Felipe Alvarez Jr. got just three months in jail for a Wenatchee, Wash., baby’s death this week. Alvarez Jr. was also released, credited with time served from his arrest in the baby’s death. The shocking turn in this case isn’t something that the Washington community was expecting, but it all ties to the testimony of the witnesses in the case.
According to KHQ, Alvarez Jr. was initially charged with homicide by abuse and first-degree manslaughter in the death of baby Neftali Kai Garcia Jr. The baby was only 10-months-old at the time of his death, and the alleged killer was just 19-years-old. It was a very shocking case at first, but it seemed pretty obvious how it was going to play out when the prosecution had revealed that there were two witnesses in the baby’s death. It didn’t turn out quite as the authorities had hoped though.
With the trial expected to begin on Tuesday, Dec. 7, the prosecution had been preparing their case and formulating a plan of attack to find Alvarez Jr. guilty of these crimes. A serious problem developed though, when the prosecution claims that they were no long able to get in contact with the witnesses in the case. The child’s mother and aunt were going to testify as to the alleged abuse that the baby had suffered, and it looked as though there was a very good case against Alvarez Jr.
Without the witnesses, it meant that there wasn’t going to be any proof that it was Alvarez Jr. that committed any crimes against the baby, and suddenly the prosecution was in a boat with no paddles. They felt forced to agree with the defense lawyer on a plea deal, downgrading the charges to a single charge of third-degree assault on a child. Alvarez Jr. pleaded guilty to the charge, and the judge gave him the maximum sentence of three months in jail at the conclusion of the hearings.
With the time that Alvarez Jr. has already been in jail since his arrest, the judge in this case released him based on time served, allowing him back into the community. It would seem that if Alvarez Jr. is indeed guilty of the crimes that he was accused, that he could pose a danger to the two women who were going to testify against him in this case. Because they have vanished though, it means that police can’t even try to protect them at this time, and that potential justice for the baby may never really come.
This is one of those cases that doesn’t seem over at this point, and that hasn’t ended with justice actually being served. An alleged killer could have just gotten out of significant jail time, all because the witnesses ended up not testifying. Internet comments from other people in the community include theories that something might have happened to the two women, or something caused them to leave town even if they didn’t want to. Either way, the case is now closed, and Alvarez Jr. is free once again.