Instead, the 12-year-old was pronounced dead at Indiana hospital on May 24, showing signs of prolonged abuse, neglect and starvation, court records show.
His father, Luis Posso, 32, and stepmother, Dayana Medina-Flores, 25, have been arrested and charged with murder, negligence, criminal confinement and battery to a minor. Officials say the couple slowly starved Eduardo to death in a Bloomington, Indiana, motel.
Both Posso and Medina-Flores are being held in the Monroe County Correction Center on a $ 500,000 bond each, County Sheriff Bradley Swain said in a press conference last week.
CNN has reached its public defender for further comment.
Eduardo's mother, Aurea Garcia, told CNN she did not know her son when she showed up.
Garcia says she was thinking about what to do with Eduardo.
"I thought my son finally spoke out and wanted to help him," Garcia said.
But the officers were there to tell about her son's death.
19659002] Eduardo's death has been classified as a homicide by a forensic pathologist.
Hospital staff noted that Eduardo was severely emaciated and had bruising, lacerations, and ulcers all over his body, according to court records.
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His family has been living in a motel in Kokomo, Indiana while Posso and Medina-Flores worked for a circumscribing hand out advertisements, a probable cause affidavit said.
The affidavit says that during an interview Medina-Flores told investigators the family moved out of Florida following "repeated involvements" with the Florida Department of Child Services.
Eduardo got sick and was too weak to feed himself before he became incoherent, according to the affidavit. IU Health Bloomington Hospital.
The boy was unconscious when he arrived at the hospital and was pronounced dead shortly after.
Three other children, a 9-year-old girl, a 5-year-old boy, and a 2-year-old boy have been placed in the care of Child Protective Services and appear to be healthy, Swain said in a press release.
The probable cause affidavit for Posso and Medina-Flores says Eduardo's death investigator discovered a video on the stepmother's cell phone that showed Eduardo laying in the bathtub restrained , The video shows Medina-Flores and another child entering the bathroom and ignoring Eduardo.
After Eduardo's death, investigators found chains, cords, restraint cuffs, and padlocks under the box springs of one of the two beds in the motel room. They said: "Eduardo was almost out of the chains."
Medina-Flores admitted to investigators that Eduardo had been beaten by her husband with a belt, a shoe and his hands restrained Eduardo with cords and chains more than ten times, according to the affidavit.
Eduardo, Medina-Flores said, according to the affidavit.
The father had also used the electronic dog collar to shock Eduardo, Medina-Flores said.
Posso confirmed his wife's claims that he had spanked his son with a belt when interviewed
Victim's mother hopes her son's death sparks change
Garcia said she knew her ex-husband was rough with her kids, it was part of the reason they split. But she did not think he was competent. "How do you do that?" How do you do that? "You do not do that, starve him to death, chain him up, beat him
She says her son was a sweet kid, who often stood up for his 9-year-old sister. Aurea Garcia and her son Eduardo Posso in November of 2017. ” src-mini=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190604023001-aurea-garcia-eduardo-posso-small-169.jpg” src-xsmall=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190604023001-aurea-garcia-eduardo-posso-medium-plus-169.jpg” src-small=”http://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190604023001-aurea-garcia-eduardo-posso-large-169.jpg” src-medium=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190604023001-aurea-garcia-eduardo-posso-exlarge-169.jpg” src-large=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190604023001-aurea-garcia-eduardo-posso-super-169.jpg” src-full16x9=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190604023001-aurea-garcia-eduardo-posso-full-169.jpg” src-mini1x1=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190604023001-aurea-garcia-eduardo-posso-small-11.jpg” data-demand-load=”not-loaded” data-eq-pts=”mini: 0, xsmall: 221, small: 308, medium: 461, large: 781″/>
She and Eduardo's father separated in 2015 and divorced in 2016, she said. After the divorce, Garcia says that during the separation.
Garcia thought they were still in Florida because they had seen Posso at court in Florida twice since their divorce and what child support to address Florida.  Garcia hopes that the death of her son will inspire others.
"If you see a child no matter where, if you do not know them, you see they're being mistreated," she said. Do not be afraid you could save a kid from the hands that are hurting them. "