A caretaker killed a disabled teenager by repeatedly kicking him in the head, police say.
Aaron Gacilan, 31, was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter on Tuesday in connection with the death of 18-year-old Alexander Sanchez in Elk Grove, California.
Police found Sanchez unconscious at United Living Care Home, a residential facility for dependent adults, on December 26.
Sanchez’s grandmother, Amy Duarte, said her grandson was mentally disabled following a car crash when he was a baby. His family placed him in the care home last year to get full-time help.
‘I don’t understand why, why you would hurt one of the most vulnerable of the human race,’ Duarte told ABC News.
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Sanchez was rushed to Kaiser South Hospital where staff told police of a visible injury to the teens head – a shoe mark on his face. Sanchez was declared brain dead on December 28 and was taken off life support three days later.
Police began investigating the incident and said that Sanchez and Gacilan got into a physical altercation that ended when with Gacilan kicking Sanchez in the head until his body went limp.Endangered crocodiles at 'turning point' after 10 hatchlings are spotted
‘What we know at this point is that there was an altercation between the two, and so during that altercation, that’s when the caretaker kicked the victim several times in the head,’ Elk Grove Police Officer Jason Jimenez said.
Sanchez’s family said they are disappointed in the lenient charges and believe Gacilan should be charged with murder, not involuntary manslaughter.
‘They’re saying it was involuntary manslaughter. I don’t see how it could be manslaughter,’ Duarte said
‘There’s nothing to justify the treatment, especially as trained as they are,’ Duarte continued.
United Living HomeCare was reportedly licensed since august under Gacilan’s family. Aaron Gacilan serves as administrator CEO.
He is being held in jail on $250,000 bail. It is unclear when he when he is due back in court.