Nichols said the criminal investigation of the deadly abuse is ongoing. Anthony’s aunt, Maria Barron, said it would have taken great courage for Anthony to have announced he was gay in the home. Anthony’s mother, Heather Barron, and her boyfriend, Kareem Leiva, have not been charged with any crimes related to Anthony’s death. DCFS has determined that Anthony probably died from child abuse. Neither Leiva or Barron responded to requests for comment. The aunt said she began alerting DCFS in 2015, when she noticed bruises and other injuries that the children told her were caused by Leiva. She said the children also reported Leiva locking them in small spaces where they had to urinate and defecate on the floor. Leiva was convicted in 2010 of domestic abuse. For the boy to have come out amid those circumstances “only reinforces how brave Anthony was,” Maria Barron said.
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