- Associated Press - Thursday, September 8, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles woman whose malnourished 11-year-old son was found dead in a closet has pleaded not guilty to murder and child abuse.

Thirty-nine-year-old Veronica Aguilar appeared in court Thursday wearing a suicide prevention smock.

She could face 15 years to life in prison if convicted.

Her son, Yonatan Aguilar, was found dead last month in their Echo Park home. He was wrapped in a blanket in a closet.

The Los Angeles Times has said Los Angeles County’s child welfare agency had received several previous reports of possible abuse of the boy.

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