Morbidology the Podcast – 04: Elisa Izquierdo

8th July 2019  •  2 min read

The tragic case of Elisa Izquierdo is an all-too-familiar tale of bureaucratic ineptitude. Her short life and brutal death was so horrendous that it reduced even the most hardened officers to tears. When she was just 6-years-old, she was murdered by her abusive mother. Her suffering was known to New York's Child Welfare Administration yet…


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The tragic case of Elisa Izquierdo is an all-too-familiar tale of bureaucratic ineptitude. Her short life and brutal death was so horrendous that it reduced even the most hardened officers to tears.  When she was just 6-years-old, she was murdered by her abusive mother.

New York’s Child Welfare Administration knew all about Elisa’s plight long before her death yet did nothing to save her. Young Elisa became a symbol of the failures in New York’s Child Welfare Administration and Family Court, whose bureaucracy allowed this little girl to slip right through the cracks and into her grave.


Sources:

1.  Time, 24 June, 2001 – “Abandoned to her Fate”

2.  New York Daily, 28 November, 1995 – “A Bitter Last Farewell”

3.  Akron Beacon Journal, 30 November, 1995 – “Death of an Abused Girl”

4.  New York Daily News, 30 November, 1995 – “Slain 6-Year-Old Is Laid to Rest”

5.  New York Daily News, 25 June, 1996 – “Mom Pleads Guilty to Elisa’s Murder”

6.  New York Daily News, 30 November, 1995 – “Girl Buried as City Asks Why”

7.  New York Daily News, 30 November, 1995 – “Slain 6-Year-Old is Laid to Rest”

8.  Time, 24 June, 2001 – “Abandoned to her Fate”

Audio Credit:

Ever Mindful – Kevin MacLeod

Dark Tranquillity – Anno Domini Beats

Rolonda Watts – Little Girl Lost: The Life and Death of Elisa Izquierdo

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