Couple won’t be charged in death of 7-year-old boy who died while home alone

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Prosecutors dismissed child neglect charges against a couple following the death of a 7-year-old boy.

In 2013, firefighters were called to a home in the 2500 block of S.W. 51st St.

Authorities say someone broke into the home and intentionally set it on fire with 7-year-old Adrian Roberto Avalos inside it.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Prosecutors say Avalos’ mother, Noemi Lopez, left the home with her boyfriend, Antonio Guillen, and went to a bar.

The pair were originally charged with child neglect for leaving Avalos home alone when the crime occurred.

In 2014, authorities arrested 25-year-old Claudia Cadena and 20-year-old Albert Barboza for helping Lorese Cruz and her boyfriend, Julio Nevarez, break into the home and set it on fire.

Cruz and Nevarez claim they did not know the little boy was inside at the time.

Cruz told investigators she wanted to burglarize her ex-husband Antonio Guillen’s home in retaliation because he was not helping her with their daughter.

 

All four suspects pleaded guilty earlier this year.

On Friday, prosecutors dropped the child neglect charge against the couple.