MONROE COUNTY, Ind. (WXIN) -- The mother of a 12-year-old boy who died in Monroe County is speaking out after investigators revealed there were signs of abuse, restraint and starvation.
Aurea Esmeralda Garcia and her brother, Jorge Omar, show a video of Eduardo Posso cooking in the kitchen and remember him smiling and laughing. Garcia said it was taken during the last visit she had with her son, Eduardo Posso, in 2017. But now, she's learned he's died.
"When the police said, can we walk inside of your house and talk to you? I knew something was wrong because they're not normal to do that," she said.
Police arrested Eduardo's father, Luis Posso Jr., and stepmother, Dayana Medina Flores, on Friday following the death for neglect.
Investigators with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said they were called to Bloomington Hospital last Friday where Eduardo was pronounced dead. The coroner said he was severely emaciated, weighing only 50-55 pounds with zero percent body fat.
"You try to make sense, because it seems like I’m still sleeping. There’s no way that something like that could be true," Omar said.
Authorities said during a search of the Bloomington motel room where Posso and Flores stayed with Eduardo and his other siblings, they found wrist and ankle restraints, chains and a dog training shock collar. They said they found images on a cell phone of him in restraints with a dog shock collar on his neck in the bathtub. Investigators said both denied withholding food. Posso admitted to some sort of abuse.
"We believe probably within the last year things seemed to have gotten more severe," Monroe County Detective Lt. Jennifer Allen said.
Investigators said they believe the family had recently arrived in Monroe County to promote a circus.
An attorney said in a statement the circus uses advance advertising business as an independent contractor, stating: "The circus via their attorney has reached out to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and have and will continue to offer their full support in providing what limited information they have to assist in this investigation. Again, a tragedy has occurred, and the circus offers its prayer in regard to the same but the circus has had absolutely no contact or business relationship with Luis Posso or Dayan Medina Flores."