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Child Last Seen When Dropped Off At Dad's For Visit


BOSTON -- Police are searching for a missing 5-year-old Lynn boy, whose father has been charged with child endangerment.

Giovanni Gonzalez weighs approximately 40 pounds and is 49 inches tall with black hair and brown eyes. When last seen, he was wearing blue denim jeans, a red T-shirt, a silver braided chain and black Spiderman sandals.

He was carrying a black backpack that had the Transformers robot characters on it, and it contained some of his clothes and toys.
He has a faded skin pigmentation mark on the lower right side of his chest and a small scar above his eyebrow.

The boy was last seen Friday at 4 p.m. in the area of 2 Brightwood Terrace in Lynn, where he was dropped off for a weekend visit with his father.

The child's father, Ernesto Gonzalez Jr., 36, of Lynn, was arrested Monday and charged with child endangerment in connection with the child's disappearance.

He denies that the boy was staying with him.

"The defendant, when confronted, has refused to cooperate with the police and assist them in looking for the child. That, coupled with the fact that he had a recent, undisclosed -- and he refused to confirm how it happened -- cut to his left finger, gives us cause for concern," state prosecutor John Dawley said.

The boy's mother speculated that Gonzalez may have taken the child to Puerto Rico, where his daughter lives, and he often talked about taking his son there for a vacation.

Gonzalez was ordered held on $500,000 bail by Judge Stacey Fortes-White and ordered to return to court for a pretrial hearing on Sept. 17.

Despite the man's arrest, Giovanni's whereabouts remain unknown.

Anyone with information about the child's disappearance or whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Lynn police at 781-595-2000.

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/17224391/detail.html
 
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I was down there helping Lynn PD. I just want to move away from the usual Local vs. MSP threads for a few moments (only a few). The Lynn guys were great to work with and treated all of us (MSP) beyond what was expected. I know somebody from Lynn's eve shift is going to get grief for opening their kitchen to us.
 

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I worked in Lynn for 10 yrs ( not on the job )and I am friends with a Detecive on the Gang Unit, they are a great bunch of guys...very hard city to work in....
 

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Cops scour Lynn in search for boy


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A Lynn police detective searches yesterday in an alley for clues in the disappearance of 5-year-old Giovanni Gonzalez, who went missing over the weekend.

Police yesterday searched block by block on foot and in helicopters for any trace of a 5-year-old boy who vanished over the weekend in Lynn during a visit with his father.
As his mother begged for the public's help in finding Giovanni Gonzalez, authorities checked Dumpsters and a local cemetery for evidence that might lead them to the boy.
"The only thing I'm asking is for anyone with any type of information to just please come forward," said Daisy Colon of East Boston. "Even if they see or hear just a small thing, a small thing could lead to something big . . . I just want my son back."
Colon dropped Giovanni off about 4 p.m. Friday at his father's apartment at 2 Brightwood Terrace in Lynn for a scheduled visit, pending a Sept. 15 custody hearing.
When she returned to pick up the boy Sunday night, Ernesto Gonzalez didn't answer the door.
Colon called police, who found the father alone in his apartment.
Gonzalez, 36, had an unexplained cut on his hand and told police he hadn't seen his son since the previous weekend.
He was charged with reckless endangerment of a child and is being held on $500,000 bail.
Yesterday, Lynn police, state troopers, two state police helicopters, FBI agents and members of the Lawrence Drug Task Forcemethodically scoured the city.
"Right now, we're doing an intensive grid search of the downtown area," said Lynn Police Lt. Bill Sharpe.
Giovanni weighs 40 pounds and has black hair, brown eyes and a birthmark on his left inner ankle. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a red shirt and Spider Man sandals, and carrying a black book bag containing other clothes.
Police are asking anyone with information to call 781-595-2000.

http://bostonherald.com/news/regional/general/view/2008_08_21_Cops_scour_Lynn_in_search_for_boy/
 

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Bloody Mop Found In Search For Boy

5-Year-Old's Father Charged With Child Endangerment

BOSTON -- A bloody mop was found in a Lynn father's apartment during police searches for his missing 5-year-old son, according to the Lynn Daily Item.

Giovanni Gonzalez has been missing since Monday when the boy's father, Ernesto Gonzalez, failed to return the boy to his mother's custody, police said.

Bloody Mop Found In Search For Boy

Blood was also found on the bottle of a pine cleaner in the man's Brightwood Terrace apartment, the newspaper reported Friday. Officials are trying to determine where the blood came from, but when Gonzalez was taken into custody, he had a cut on his hand.

Gonzalez, who works as a butcher, was arrested Monday and ordered held on $500,000 cash bail following his arraignment in Lynn District Court.

Since Monday, officials have searched Lynn neighborhoods, businesses, Dumpsters and a wooded area near Lynn's Flax Pond. Investigators had a false alarm near the pond on Thursday when children thought they found human remains, but it turned out to be nothing.

The boy's mother, Daisy Colon, made another plea Friday for her son's safe return.

"Right now, there is nothing new, nothing going on right now," Colon said. "I am not losing hope, but my feelings are worse now."

Giovanni weighs approximately 40 pounds and is 49 inches tall with black hair and brown eyes. When last seen, he was wearing blue denim jeans, a red T-shirt, a silver braided chain and black Spider-Man sandals. He was carrying a black backpack that had the Transformers robot characters on it. It contained some of his clothes and toys.

He has a faded skin pigmentation mark on the lower right side of his chest and a small scar above his eyebrow.

Anyone with information about the child's disappearance or whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Lynn police at 781-595-2000.

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Search For Lynn Boy Takes Crews Back To Cemetery

LYNN (WBZ) ― Investigators have returned to a Lynn cemetery on Monday in hopes of finding clues that will lead them to 5-year-old Giovanni Gonzalez, who has been missing for more than a week and was last seen with his father, Ernesto Gonzalez.

Police say the search at Pine Grove Cemetery was not sparked by a tip, they just want to cover as much ground as possible in their search for the missing boy.

State police and Lynn detectives searched all 250 acres of the cemetery, which is located about a half-mile from Gonzalez' home, with canines and rakes.

Meanwhile, police have obtained some disturbing evidence from Ernesto Gonzalez' Brightwood Terrace apartment.

According to a search warrant, police seized boots and jeans with red and brown stains, a mop head, a pine cleaner bottle, lighter fluid, trash bags, two knives, children's toys, a bike and a bike helmet.

The knobs on the sink in Gonzalez' apartment have also been swabbed and police have seized his computer and cell phone. Most of the evidence is at the State Police Crime Lab, but investigators with the Essex County District Attorney's Office are looking at the computer and phone.

Gonzalez has pleaded not guilty to child endangerment and is being held on $500,000 bail.

Prosecutors say Giovanni was dropped off at his father's home Aug. 15. When the boy's mother, Daisy Colon, went to pick him up two days later, Gonzalez said their son wasn't there.

Their search for Giovanni has spanned through Lynn all the way to Puerto Rico where Ernesto Gonzalez is from. Colon has also made pleas to his family for information about her son's whereabouts.

http://wbztv.com/local/bloody.mop.found.2.802892.html
 

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Police plot strategy in hunt for boy

Lynn case to air on 'America's Most Wanted'

By Jonnelle Marte

Globe Correspondent / August 29, 2008

LYNN - About 25 investigators from the Lynn Police Department, the FBI, and State Police met for several hours yesterday morning to determine the next steps in their search for a 5-year-old boy who disappeared almost two weeks ago.

"We are pursuing it that he is still alive," Lynn Police Captain Mark O'Toole said during a news conference yesterday about Giovanni Gonzalez, who was reported missing Aug. 17 by his mother two days after she dropped him off at the home of his father, Ernesto L. Gonzalez Jr., 36. "We have nothing at this time to suggest otherwise."
Investigators have been distributing a missing person flier that will be aired tomorrow on "America's Most Wanted," a move detectives hope will draw national attention to the case. The flier shows a picture of a smiling Giovanni beside a police photo of his father, a Puerto Rican native with a dark goatee.
"We don't know whether he's still in Lynn, whether he's still in Massachusetts," O'Toole said of the boy at yesterday's news conference at police headquarters. "We don't know who he might be with."
O'Toole said police have no evidence to suggest the boy has been taken out of the country.
Detectives who searched the father's apartment became alarmed when they found a blood-stained mop and blood on the cap of a cleaning product, both of which were tested. Steve O'Connell, a spokesman for Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, maintained yesterday that he could not discuss the blood test results because the investigation in ongoing. Investigators received the results Wednesday.
Among the items investigators took from Gonzalez's apartment were the mop and cleaner, toys, a knife, and lighter fluid, according to court records.
Giovanni's mother, Daisy Colon, reported her son missing after she got no response when she went to pick him up at Gonzalez's Brightwood Terrace apartment in Lynn.
Police later entered the apartment and found Gonzalez, but not the boy. Police have searched for the child in wooded areas, cemeteries, and empty buildings in Lynn.
According to police records, Colon told authorities that the parents had a verbal agreement to hold scheduled visits until Sept. 15, when they were supposed to go to court to work out custody and visitation rights. Ernesto Gonzalez Jr. denies ever having the boy and has refused to cooperate, though witnesses have told police they saw the father and son together the same weekend the boy went missing. The father has been charged with child endangerment and is being held on $500,000 cash bail.
Colon said yesterday that she believes that her son is still alive.
"I know and I have it in my heart, and I feel it that he is alive," Colon said in a telephone interview, her voice raspy.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/08/29/police_plot_strategy_in_hunt_for_boy/
 

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Accomplice May Have Helped Kidnap Giovanni

LYNN (WBZ) ― Lynn police are looking into the possibility that someone helped a Lynn father kidnap his 5-year-old son.

Giovanni Gonzalez has been missing since Aug. 16 when his mother went to pick him up from a weekend visit with his father, Ernesto Gonzalez.

Police have always been looking into the fact there may have been an accomplice in the alleged kidnapping, the Essex County District Attorney's Office said.

Gonzalez has refused to cooperate with police and will not say what happened to Giovanni. He is being held on $500,000 cash bail on charges of child endangerment.

Gonzalez did not have a car, so police are now hoping buses and public transportation will offer clues into the little boy's disappearance.

A billboard with Giovanni's picture has been scheduled to be put up in Lynn's Wyoma Square. Clear Channel donated the space in hopes it will help with the search.

Investigators in Lynn say they have no reason to think that Giovanni is not alive despite a bloody mop being found at his father's home after the boy's disappearance. Upon his arrest, Ernesto Gonzalez had a cut on his hand that he wouldn't explain.

The search for the young boy has spanned throughout Lynn, including parks, cemeteries and lakes, and down to Puerto Rico where Gonzalez is from.

Giovanni's mother has pleaded to Gonzalez to talk to police.

Police urge anyone with information about Giovanni's whereabouts to contact Lynn police at 781-595-2000.

http://wbztv.com/local/bloody.mop.found.2.814102.html
 

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I pray that this poor little kid is found safe but we all know at this point the odds of that. If this guy, the so-called father is guilty, and we all have feelings on that, I hope he faces the true justice he deserves.

I wonder if Nancy Grace will devote 2 minutes of one episode to little Giovanni? Nah, she's making way too much money on Caylee to jeopardize that with any side stories. Just my two cents worth.
 

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Father Says He Doesn't Know Where Lynn Boy Is

Ernesto Gonzalez being led out of court on Friday.
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LYNN (WBZ) ― Five-year-old Giovanni Gonzalez of Lynn has been missing for six weeks and the one person who may know where he is isn't talking -- his father.

Ernesto Gonzalez was back in court on Friday, arguing he should be able to get out of jail even, if he isn't helping police find Giovanni.

As he was led out of the courthouse and put in a police van, WBZ's Karen Anderson asked where his little boy was.

"Don't know where Giovanni is at," Gonzalez said.

After that, Gonzalez wouldn't say anymore.

In court, Gonzalez showed no emotion. Prosecutors told the judge he was the last person to see his son Giovanni.

After Giovanni's mother dropped him off for a weekend custody visit in Lynn, the father and son were seen together at a therapist appointment. "And there was an independent professional saying 'We saw his son on Saturday.' For all of Sunday, no one can account for the whereabouts of this child," the prosecutor said.

Police searches in neighborhoods and nearby woods also turned up nothing. "There was a time when the defendant was living out in the woods, and they searched those areas as well," the prosecutor said in court.

Giovanni's attorney, Lawrence McGuire, says prosecutors are grasping at straws, and claims there is no reason to hold Gonzalez on high bail for a child endangerment charge. "He has minded his own business and that's all the Commonwealth has, some suspicion."

The judge denied the defense's request for lower bail, explaining that Gonzalez leads the lifestyle of a loaner, has few roots in the community, and given the circumstances is a flight risk. He remains behind bars on $500,000 bail.

Prosecutors say police also have not been able to find Giovanni's clothes or his backpack. The judge told prosecutors that this could be a hard case to prove.

http://wbztv.com/local/missing.lynn.child.2.826939.html
 

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Father Of Missing Lynn Boy Back In Court

Giovanni Gonzalez Disappeared In August

LYNN (AP) ― The mother of a missing 5-year-old boy is hoping for some answers when the boy's father goes before a judge.

Ernesto Gonzalez is scheduled to be in Lynn District Court on Tuesday for a pretrial hearing on a child endangerment charge.

The 36-year-old Gonzalez has been held on $500,000 bail ever since his 5-year-old son, Giovanni, was reported missing three months ago.

Giovanni's mother, Daisy Colon, says she dropped her son off at his father's Lynn home in mid-August for a weekend visit, but when she returned to pick up the boy a couple days later, Gonzalez claimed he did not know where they boy was.

Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said investigators continue to search for Giovanni.

http://wbztv.com/local/Giovanni.Gonzalez.Daisy.2.867353.html
 

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Report: Father Admits To Killing Giovanni

Police Skeptical Of Jailhouse Confession

LYNN (WBZ) ― During a jailhouse interview with a Boston Globe reporter, a Lynn father confessed to killing his 5-year-son, the newspaper is reporting.

According to the report, Ernesto Gonzalez Jr. admitted to stabbing his son, Giovanni, to death and then disposing of his dismembered body parts.

The jailhouse interview took place Wednesday, though the paper says it was not allowed to tape the conversation because of jail policy.

The extraordinary confession was met with skepticism by authorities.

Steve O'Connell, spokesman for the Essex County District Attorney's Office, said authorities are reviewing Gonzalez's alleged statement to determine whether it is truthful or not. O'Connell added that the investigation is ongoing.

Giovanni disappeared last August during a custodial visit with his father. Gonzalez has since been held on $500,000 bail on a child endangerment charge.

He is scheduled to go on trial Jan. 13.

According to the Globe's report, Gonzalez said he placed his son's dismembered body parts into plastic grocery bags and then disposed of them in separate trash bins.

http://wbztv.com/local/Giovanni.Gonzalez.father.2.874998.html
 

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Whether or not that scumbag killed him, just for what he's put that poor mother through and his lack of cooperation, he should be fed to coyotes.
 

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Gonzalez Faces New Charges In Son's Disappearance

LYNN (WBZ) ― A Lynn man who confessed to killing his 5-year-old son has been indicted on charges of parental kidnapping and misleading police.

Ernesto Gonzalez will be arraigned on the new charges Thursday in Salem Superior Court.

Gonzalez told a Boston Globe reporter last month that he killed his son, Giovanni, but prosecutors say he has not been cooperative with them.

Giovanni disappeared in August while spending a weekend in his dad's custody, according to police. However, Gonzalez has denied ever having custody of Giovanni on the weekend the boy disappeared.

In a gruesome jailhouse confession last month, 36-year-old Gonzalez told a Globe reporter he became angry with Giovanni and stabbed him to death in the kitchen. He said he then dismembered the little boy's body in a bathtub, put the parts in plastic grocery bags and threw them in area trash bins.

Gonzalez has been held in jail on a child endangerment charge, which is expected to be dismissed after his arraignment Thursday.

If convicted, Gonzalez faces up to 10 years in federal prison for the misleading charge and up to one year for the kidnapping charge.

Police have questioned his confession, and say the search for Giovanni continues.

http://wbztv.com/local/Giovanni.Gonzalez.father.2.884535.html
 

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Giovanni's Mother Says Her Son Is Not Dead


Daisy Colon insists her son, Giovanni, isn't dead.
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LYNN (WBZ) ―Daisy Colon is speaking out about a painful secret she says she's held onto for months.

Her 5-year-old son,
Giovanni Gonzalez, disappeared after she dropped him off for a weekend with his father in Lynn Aug. 17.

When the boy's father, Ernesto Gonzalez,
confessed he killed Giovanni, Colon refused to believe him.

She never explained why, until now.

"The reason I don't believe it is because I saw my son," Colon told WBZ during an interview at her home in East Boston.

She says about a month and a half after he disappeared, she saw him walking up some steps with a man toward a park in Lynn. They were facing away from her, but she insists she recognized him.

"I know his walk. You'll always know the walk of your son," she said. "I froze. I froze so bad. I left my car unlocked with the windows down. By the time I was going up the hill, I had an asthma attack. I couldn't yell his name because I froze."

She says she flagged down two police officers who drove around with her for about a half hour looking for the boy, but found nothing. She says she told no one other than those policemen.

"I figured they were going to make the same mistake," she said. "I was going through Lynn all the time."

Now, it has been nearly seven months, and as leads dry up, Colon says she wants the people of Lynn to know her son may be among them.

"People know. They're not talking," she said.

In November, Gonzalez made headlines when he told a Boston Globe reporter he killed Giovanni.

Investigators have questioned the confession, since they have not found any evidence of a murder. Colon can't imagine why he would lie.

"I wish I could get into his head...whatever he's trying to cover up, whatever it is, it's something big...He's covering something big."

Gonzalez
is being held in the Essex County Jail facing a kidnapping charge.

When we visited him there, he simply said, "I am not interested in speaking with anyone right now."

He's due back in court next month.


http://wbztv.com/local/Giovanni.Gonzalez.Daisy.2.954772.html
 

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Man held in son's disappearance reportedly considers a plea deal


Ernesto Gonzalez with his son, Giovanni. The boy, who was 5 and lived with his mother
in East Boston, disappeared in August 2008. His whereabouts have not been discovered.

By Maria Sacchetti

Globe Staff / November 27, 2010

The father of a missing East Boston boy is considering a plea agreement in connection with the child's 2008 disappearance during a weekend visit in Lynn.
The development, disclosed this week in Essex Superior Court in Salem, could mark a significant shift in a case that has frustrated investigators since Giovanni Gonzalez, then 5, disappeared during a scheduled visit with his father, Ernesto Gonzalez, in Lynn.
In November 2008, Ernesto Gonzalez confessed in a jailhouse interview with the Globe that he stabbed the boy to death, dismembered his body, and disposed of the remains in trash bins throughout the city.

The 38-year-old former meatpacker has since pleaded not guilty to charges of parental kidnapping and misleading police and is being held without bail in Essex County Jail in Middleton.

Giovanni's mother, Daisy Colon, urged authorities yesterday to fight a possible plea until Giovanni is found. She said a reward is still posted for the boy's safe return.

"I still believe he's alive,'' she said in a telephone interview. "I'm not losing my faith that my son is alive.''

Authorities conducted a massive search for the boy but found no trace of him.

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Kidnapping Charge Tossed In Missing Boy Case

Boy Disappeared After Visit With Lynn Father

BOSTON -- A judge has tossed out the parental kidnapping charge against a Lynn man whose son disappeared nearly three years ago.
Ernesto Gonzalez was charged in August 2008 with parental kidnapping and misleading police after his son, Giovanni Gonzalez, disappeared after a visit at Ernesto Gonzalez's Brightwood Terrace apartment.
Superior Court Judge John C. Lu judge tossed the parental kidnapping Monday, according to the Lynn Daily Item. He is still facing the other charge.

Read more: Kidnapping Charge Tossed In Missing Boy Case - Boston News Story - WCVB Boston
 

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Missing Boy's Dad Charged In Jail Assault

Giovanni Gonzalez Missing Since 2008

MIDDLETON, Mass. -- A Lynn man being held on charges he misled investigators searching for his missing 5-year-old son has been accused of assaulting his cellmate. The Salem News reports that Ernesto Gonzalez was arraigned this week on an assault and battery charge stemming from an alleged attack on his cellmate late last month, in which he pushed the other man's face into a metal sink as he brushed his teeth, breaking facial bones and causing an eye injury that requires surgery. The 39-year-old Gonzalez was the last person seen with his son, Giovanni, in August 2008.

Read more: Missing Boy's Dad Charged In Jail Assault - Boston News Story - WCVB Boston
 

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Dad Wants To Plead Guilty In Missing Son Case

Boy, 5, Disappeared In 2008

SALEM, Mass. -- A Massachusetts man charged with misleading investigators in the disappearance of his 5-year-old son yelled out "I want to plead guilty" in court as his lawyer asked for state money to pay for a psychological evaluation. Ernesto Gonzalez appeared in Salem Superior Court on Thursday. The Daily Item of Lynn reports he was quickly escorted from the room by court officers. After the hearing, his new lawyer said Gonzalez has "mental issues." Gonzalez was the last person seen with his son, Giovanni, during a weekend visit at Gonzalez's Lynn apartment in August 2008. A few months later, Gonzalez told a reporter he killed his son.

Read more: Dad Wants To Plead Guilty In Missing Son Case - Boston News Story - WCVB Boston
 
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