A Kent mother faces second-degree murder charges following the death of her son Jose Fernandez. Indictment documents allege that she assaulted him, which resulted in his death.
SEATTLE — A Kent mother has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old son.
Prosecutors allege that Sandy Fernandez molested her two-year-old son, Jose Fernandez, which led to his death.
Photos and video are now the only memories Kaylee Kravic has of Jose.
“Everything he said he laughed afterwards, he was such a cute little boy, very funny,” Kravic said.
Kravic worked with Sandy Fernandez at Hometown Suites in Kent. Sandy Fernandez, her boyfriend and Jose also lived here. Kravic watched him occasionally.
“He seemed really hungry so I fed him and bathed him because he was really dirty and his hair was matted,” she said. “He had bruises on his back, he had bruises on his legs, he had a cut on his head which Sandy said hit the corner on the table.”
In February of this year, Kravic said she reported Sandy Fernandez and her boyfriend CPS.
“It was a quick call just saying Sandy was released, they did an investigation and Sandy was acquitted and that was it,” she said.
Sandy Fernandez is charged with second-degree murder in the death of her son, according to indictment documents.
Prosecutors allege Jose suffered massive internal injuries, including a fractured skull, broken jaw, internal bleeding, an infection and multiple contusions. The documents also said that Sandy Fernandez had confessed to hitting Jose several times when he didn’t want to go to bed.
Sandy Fernandez made a direct quote to Kent Police, saying, “I hate to say it, but all I wanted to do was strangle him,” court documents said.
“A small decision of hers has now cost me a lifetime of memories and experiences with him that I will never have now,” said Brayden Earl, Jose’s birth father.
Earl and Sandy Fernandez were 15 when they found out she was pregnant.
He said he found out about Jose’s death via Facebook. Earl said he and his family were prevented from seeing Jose.
“We had started talking to some legal departments and a few weeks later we found out he had died,” Earl said.
The family wants answers like Kravic.
“I think our system needs to get better,” Kravic said.
KING 5 contacted the Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Family and was asked to file a formal request for records. We have not received a response to this request.
Sandy Fernandez will appear in court next week, August 18, where she will file her plea.
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