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Pomona Police Department
Thursday June 3rd, 2021 :: 02:46 p.m. PDT


16-year-old murdered by stepmother

Crime: 187 PC – Murder
Date/Time: 06/01/2021 12:02pm
Location: 600 Block of Del Rosa Place, Pomona
Victim: 16 year old, Pomona resident
Suspects: (1) Jessica Grajeda, 35 year old, Pomona Resident (victim’s stepmother)
(2) George Luis Almaraz, 32 year old, Pomona Resident (victim’s father)
Incident #: 21- 56165
Narrative: On June 1, 2021 at approximately 12:02pm Officers from the Pomona Police Department responded to a call of unknown trouble with someone requiring CPR. Upon arrival of both the police department and the Los Angeles County Fire Department the victim was found not breathing. The juvenile was transported to a local area hospital where he was pronounced deceased by medical personnel.

The investigation revealed that the victim had been assaulted by his step-mother immediately prior to needing medical assistance.
Homicide Detectives from the Pomona Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit responded to assume the investigation. It was also discovered that the victim had also been receiving significant injuries from abuse at the hands of the suspect prior to this incident. The victim’s stepmother, Jessica Grajeda, was taken into custody by Pomona Detectives. Investigation further revealed that the victim’s father was aware of the abuse and injuries and had not taken action to stop it or seek medical attention for his son. The father, George Luis Almaraz, was also taken into custody by Detectives.

There were 5 additional children in the home ranging in age from 13 to 1 years old. All the children were taken into protective custody and turned over to the Department of Children and Family Services. It does not appear at this time that any of the other children were being physically abused by their parents.

On June 3, 2021 the Los Angeles District Attorney filed one count of 187 PC, Murder and multiple counts of child abuse against Grajeda. Additionally one count of felony child abuse was filed against the victim’s father. Both suspects remain in custody.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Pomona Police Department at 909-620-2085. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Pomona Police Department
490 W Mission Blvd
Pomona, CA 91766

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Non-emergencies: 909-620-2155

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