Funeral to be held Friday for Lancaster boy allegedly tortured by mother, her boyfriend
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Anthony Avalos

By Kristina Bravo, KTLA

LANCASTER, Calif. -- (KTLA) -- The funeral for a Lancaster boy who died after alleged abuse by his mother and her boyfriend were scheduled to be held Friday morning.

The family of 10-year-old Anthony Avalos planned to have services at Saint Junipero Serra Parish in Quartz Hill followed by his burial at Good Shepherd Catholic Cemetery in Lancaster.

The boy's 28-year-old mother, Heather Barron, and her 32-year-old boyfriend, Kareem Leiva, were charged with murder and torture after his death on June 21.

The day before, Barron called 911 saying her son fell in their apartment. Officers responded and found Anthony unresponsive. The boy succumbed to his injuries at a hospital the following morning.

Officials said since Anthony died, at least seven other children ages 11 months to 12 years old were removed from the home. They were also Barron's children, according to family members.

Anthony's father, Victor Avalos, along with Anthony's aunt and uncle, Maria and David Barron, were pushing for an investigation of the social workers involved.

Their attorney said documents from the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services indicated 18 visits by social workers to Anthony's home, showing 15 cases of substantiated instances of child abuse and at least two substantiated claims of sexual abuse.

The agency said it was reviewing the case and cooperating during the probe.

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