- Associated Press - Thursday, September 8, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The mother of a severely malnourished 11-year-old boy found dead in a closet has pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles to charges of murder and child abuse.

City News Service reports Veronica Aguilar remains jailed on $2 million bail after entering her pleas Thursday.

The 39-year-old is due back in court Oct. 20, when a date will be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence for her to stand trial.

The Los Angeles Times reported last month that Yonatan (yohn’-ah-tahn) Aguilar’s family had been the subject of six prior reports to the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.

A report filed by his school to the police in 2009 suggested he may have been physically abused.

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