Defendant In Birthday Cake Beating Headed To Court

Uncle handcuffed the boy to a chair during fatal beating.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) – The uncle of a 9-year-old boy who was fatally beaten over a missing piece of birthday cake is heading to court for sentencing in Hagerstown.

The hearing Tuesday is for 25-year-old Jacob Barajas, one of three people convicted in the July 2015 death of Jack Garcia.

The others are the boy’s mother, who allowed the abuse, and her boyfriend, who pummeled Jack senseless after Barajas handcuffed him to a chair.

Barajas faces up to 15 years in prison for first-degree child abuse. He pleaded guilty in September.

Barajas eventually called 911 but the mother, Oriana Garcia, sent the ambulance away. She’ll be sentenced March 31 for first-degree child abuse.

Her boyfriend Robert Wilson is serving a 30-year sentence for second-degree murder.

By:  AP