Homicide

LA mom charged in death of malnourished son found in closet

This undated law enforcement booking photo provided by the Los Angeles Police Department shows Veronica Aguilar, 39. Aguilar has been charged with murder in the death of her severely malnourished 11-year-old son Yonatan, whose body was found wrapped in a blanket in a closet in their Los Angeles home Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. Aguilar was charged Thursday, Aug. 25, with one count each of murder and child abuse in the death of her son. (Los Angeles Police Department via AP)

This undated law enforcement booking photo provided by the Los Angeles Police Department shows Veronica Aguilar, 39. Aguilar has been charged with murder in the death of her severely malnourished 11-year-old son Yonatan, whose body was found wrapped in a blanket in a closet in their Los Angeles home Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. Aguilar was charged Thursday, Aug. 25, with one count each of murder and child abuse in the death of her son. (Los Angeles Police Department via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A Los Angeles woman has been charged with murder in the death of her severely malnourished 11-year-old son whose body was found in a closet.

Thirty-nine-year-old Veronica Aguilar was charged Thursday with one count each of murder and child abuse in the death of her son, Yonatan (yohn'-ah-tahn). She's set for an arraignment Thursday afternoon.

The court appoints attorneys at that time. It's unclear if Aguilar has obtained her own since her arrest Monday.

Los Angeles Police say Aguilar's husband, Jose Pinzon (peen-ZOHN'), called them after Aguilar told him the boy was dead. Police say he then found Yonatan wrapped in a blanket in a closet of their home.

Police say Yonatan suffered from malnutrition and physical abuse and had been dead several hours.

Pinzon, the boy's stepfather, has not been charged.