Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Dumpster Deaths Ruled Head, Brain Trauma

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON--The Plymouth County District Attorney announced this morning that the results of an autopsy on a Brockton mother and her son found dead in a dumpster is the result of blunt force trauma to the head and brain.
Bridget Norton Middleton, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Timothy Cruz, said the medical examiner gave her office the results of the autopsies on Maria Avelina Palaguachi-Cela, and her nearly 3-year-old son Brian this morning and has ruled their deaths were the result of some type of beating.
"The autopsy of both show the manner of death to be blunt force trauma to the head and brain," Norton Middleton said.
She said authorities are treating the matter as a homicide and a search for the killer is on-going.
Norton Middleton could not comment on a motive or if the killings happened elsewhere.
Officials have said they have eyed a suspect and do not believe the murders are a random act, but Norton Middleton could not comment further about numerous aspects of the investigation including where the killings might have happened.
"People have been brought in for questioning who can provide information in many ways," Norton Middleton said.
(Please see posts below for coverage of the double homicide)

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