Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Death penalty sought for 2 men

Tony Gonsoulin

Rene Stutzman Sentinel Staff Writer
August 20, 2008

SANFORD - Seminole County prosecutors have decided to seek the death penalty against two men charged with killing children in their care. Tony Gonsoulin, 49, who lived near Apopka, is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse in the death of his 6-year-old nephew. Cameron Palmer died July 4, a day after Gonsoulin disciplined the boy for lying, investigative records show.

The child suffered severe head and other injuries. Prosecutors filed notice last week that they would seek the death penalty. They filed the same notice the same day in the case of Fidel Juarez-Avilla, 28, of Sanford. He is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse. His 14-month-old daughter, Aurelia Juarez, died June 25. The medical examiner concluded that she suffered blunt-force injuries to her abdomen and head. Juarez-Avilla told authorities the child fell from a bed.

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