Homicide

Stepmother charged in death of 3-year-old Florida boy, dad charged with child neglect

Police have charged a woman with aggravated manslaughter in the death of her 3-year-old stepson, whose body they say she hid in a box in the laundry room.

The boy's father, Nelson Osceola, was also charged Wednesday, with child neglect. Authorities said Analiz Osceola pretended Ahizya Osceola was missing last week, prompting a massive search by authorities that ultimately led them back to the family's home.

Child welfare officials had been warned repeatedly of potential abuse involving the boy, including twice last year.

Hollywood Police Chief Frank Fernandez said the child died of blunt force trauma and noted his body was covered in bruises and his pancreas and liver were significantly damaged.

Analiz Osceola was also charged with child neglect and lying to law enforcement during an investigation.