Malnourished toddler left outside of home for several days: complaint

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Guam – A couple is behind bars after they allegedly abused and left their toddler son outside of the house for several days.

The small boy, according to court documents, is only about 2 to 3 years old. He was seen laying on a tarp placed on a concrete slab outside a residence in Mangilao.

The court complaint states that the toddler appeared to be hungry and malnourished. Police observed bruising on his cheek, multiple abrasions to his back, feet and head, as well as a boil on his buttocks.

The boy’s mother, Geraldine Aguon Manalo, told police that she left her son outside the residence because of the boil and because she wanted to prevent contamination. However, Manalo’s boyfriend, Raymond Cruz, allegedly told police that she kept him outside for four days.

Cruz, according to police, also said that Manalo slapped the little boy in the mouth a couple of days earlier.

Both were charged with child abuse. Manalo was additionally charged with family violence while Cruz was charged with assault on a police officer. Both were booked and confined.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.