** Get the Kleenex ready ladies and gentlemen, you are going to need them.**
For those of us on here who are parents, what do you for your kids for their birthdays? Personally, I go overboard. I figure it’s their day; I love them and am grateful daily that I was blessed with them, so I do it up on their birthdays. We get presents, a cake of their choice, make loot bags for the guest and invite all the friends and family we can. It’s a big hoopla. I spend the whole day catering to my babies’ every want. It’s all about them!
Sadly, for Christopher Valdez, his fourth birthday would be his last; in fact, he didn’t even make through the day. Christopher’s birthday was November 25th and it was also the day his aunt and uncle would find his cold body wrapped in a blanket in the home he shared with his mother, her boyfriend and his siblings. Christopher’s mother Crystal Valdez and her boyfriend Cesar Ruiz hadn’t planned a party for Christopher, they hadn’t bought him any gifts what they did do for Christopher was beat him to death. How’s that for a birthday gift?
Crystal’s family hadn’t seen her and the kids on Thanksgiving so they didn’t know of the black-eye Christopher was sporting for the holiday until the morning of his birthday. Ruiz’s aunt had called Crystal’s sister-in-law to inform her that she paid the family a visit Thanksgiving morning and that Crystal had Christopher in the corner for several hours, so long that he had fallen asleep. Also, when they arrived at her home later for dinner the baby was sporting a black-eye, wearing a hoodie that he was not allowed to remove from his head and his mother kept him close to her the entire day. She was concerned for the lil’ man since his mother was convicted only 34 days prior for abusing him. She admitted that in July she had punched him so hard for crying he had to he hospitalized. Ummm…what?? Anyhow, the aunt and uncle made a call to police to do a welfare check on Christopher and when police arrived, the couple didn’t answer the door. Not willing to risk it, the aunt and uncle decided to head down to see the lil’ man under the guise of taking him his gift; a Spiderman remote control car. What they would find after entering the house is something I am quite sure will NEVER leave their memories.
The following is a statement from the aunt that was posted in comments of one the news articles:
I had to share this with you. It was only after the news coverage being wrong for peace of mind and for Christopher’s story to be told truthfully I had to share and putting unanswered questions to rest. This was our statement to detectives…..this was the true events of today regarding Christopher’s beating death. My husband & I went to the house because I received a call this morning from a neighbor in front MaryLou who had spent Thanksgiving with them. She said earlier in the day when she was at Crystal’s house Crystal had him in the corner for over an hour where Christopher fell asleep standing up. They later came to her house for dinner. She said the little boy was seen with a black eye and a hood sweater he couldn’t remove from his head because Crystal wouldn’t let him. Crystal made him sit close to her at all times at the table. I immediately called to have a child welfare check done at the home immediately after her call to me today for the first time. They didn’t open the doors for the detective when he got there. My husband & I unsure of the outcome from that call we went down to the house with his birthday gift I bought him several days before today. When we arrived we knocked, banged, even opened a screen window/door. But soon seen the dog come over. We were calling out for the mother by her name still no answer. When my husband tried being friendly with the dog he noticed his sister now walking over to the door. She answered saying she was asleep stretching out her arms in the air. I tried to gain access but she stayed in front of me. I asked about the children she told me they were with her boyfriends parents. I asked what she did for Thanksgiving she told me she was at her boyfriends parents house. Because of the call I received much earlier I knew immediately she was lying about where she spent Thanksgiving dinner. Therefore, I used my body to kind of walk forward into the home calling my husband to follow behind me. Crystal asked what did I have in my hand I told her Christopher’s birthday gift. We proceeded to go into the home forcefully. I asked where was everyone and she said I told you the kids are with my boyfriends mom. I said and Cesar she said don’t bother him he’s asleep taking a nap. I seen two gymshoes hanging over the bed. I asked oh yeah as I walked closer to the room. Cesar then came out pretending he was sleeping also now. Trying to make small talk to my husband. I then seen my niece on the bed fully clothed even with a purple winter jacket on her and shoes. Christine was lying on a lump of covers it looked like…..Joe was off asking Cesar questions. As I went toward the room Crystal kept her arms stretched out across the door way of the room. Christine said, Tia and jumped off the bed over to me going underneath her mothers arms that were stretched across the doorway. I physically picked up Crystal’s hand moving it forcefully out of my way and walked into the room. I noticed the lump in the covers and when I grapped unto it it had a weight feeling. I yanked it over and Christopher was smoothed wrapped in a thick mexican bedcover. I immediately began screaming calling for Joe to come in the room. When he came in he hit his sister knocking her to the floor. She pointed saying he did it (her boyfriend). The boyfriend said so did you. They pointed back and forth yelling. Joe grabbed him beating him into the wall punching him over and over until he began choking him. I seen he was going to kill him and grabbed my husband away from him standing between them both. My husband called 911. I called Mary told her to come immediately she was at Kmart, I was crying scared and in disbelief. I called Tom told him to please come to Crystal’s house it’s Christopher. I had by then pulled Christophers lifeless body by his feet to the end of the bed. I tried CPR but, he was very stiff and extremely cold blue in all his face. I blew in and out……and the air came back out. I kept crying and trying to compose myself…..but there is nothing that prepares you for such a tragic event. My husband was on the 911 call repeating to me what they were saying to him. Joe then called his dad once more to see where he was and if he was near the house yet. Both Crystal and her boyfriend were arguing…..no crying at this time until she heard me say he’s dead Joe, he’s dead……..moments the police, paramedics, were all inside. Joe and I watched as they picked up Christophers lifeless body into their arms out of the house. Christopher never got to unwrap his remote control car of Spiderman we bought him for his birthday. I can’t sleep…..I see him the moment my eyes close. We will never be the same my husband and I. The craziest thing is before we left our home…..we were talking about the call I got…..I said let go down there with his gift Joe what do you think? The windchimes on my front porch where we were stopped quiet for a short time……real strange for us. But, it was enough for us to get spooked and go. But, nothing prepares you for a day like today. Our son Tommy was real close with him……he couldn’t say Christopher’s name well…….He would always say, Where’s Clifford at? He will be missed greatly by our family. Pray for our family…..pray for JUSTICE FOR CHRISTOPHER.
When paramedics arrived Christopher’s body was cold and the bruises had been covered with make-up. I should note here that mommy also used make-up back in July to cover the bruises. A creature of habit, I suppose.
Cook County M.E. has ruled Christopher’s death a child abuse homicide by blunt force trauma. According to the aunt who found his body, Christopher was completely beaten from head to toe. Oh my gawd… my heart is broken for him.
Monday in court, facing murder charges, Crystal sobbed and claimed her innocence. Next to her, Ruiz stood emotionless. According to the Cook County State’s Attorney, both Ruiz and Valdez made videotaped confessions. Valdez admitted to spanking Christopher twice the week before he died and witnessing Ruiz beating the baby on Thanksgiving and again on Friday; kneeing and hitting him in he stomach, before applying the make-up to cover the bruises. Ruiz admitted to spanking and hitting Christopher several times, then covering the bruises.
Mommy’s mouth piece is offering up excuses for her and they go something like this… poor Crystal she’s a mother of four with special educational needs due to childhood lead poisoning. Well Boo-fucking-hoo for Crystal, to bad the lead poisoning didn’t kill her.
Valdez’s bail has been set at $750,000 and Ruiz at $2.5 million. Her father is claiming she’s innocent; his friends are all over the news sites claiming his innocence. You know what I think? They both did this. They took turns and really it doesn’t matter who gave him the final blow, they both took part they are equally guilty. Let’s not forget, family/friends, they both confessed! Period! There’s a special place in hell for these two.
I hope the defenders come here… bring it! They haven’t seen anything like the BB readers.
Thanks to everyone who sent in the many tips on this one!
R.I.P. Sweet Angel!