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Grandma claims boyfriend killed Corona boy

May 13, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Her daughter is charged with killing her young grandson, and now the distraught grandmother is speaking out, saying her daughter was brainwashed by her boyfriend, and that he is responsible for the murder. The couple made their first court appearance at the Riverside courthouse Wednesday.

Maria Salsida, mother of suspect Belinda Magana, spoke out just after her daughter's arraignment. Magana and her boyfriend, Naresh Narine, are facing murder charges for allegedly killing her 2-year old son, Malachi, over the weekend.

"She's being accused of something that she didn't do," Salsida said.

Salsida told Eyewitness News that there was abuse in the home prior to this incident, and if authorities had acted at the time, she says this whole thing might have been prevented.

"That man who is supposedly named Michael, he poisoned my baby. He abused her and my grandson, and now my grandson is dead. And the Fontana police knew about this because there was a report made earlier, two months back, and the Fontana police said they couldn't do anything unless something bad happened. I hope they're happy now because my grandson is dead," she said.

Salsida said she believes her daughter's boyfriend is solely responsible for the child's death.

"He's abusive," Salsida said. "He's abusive and he has a bad track record. And with my grandson ... he beat him, he killed him -- every evidence points toward him."

Police said the two suspects killed the boy in their Corona home, most likely on Saturday, then buried his body in a shallow grave in a remote part of Lytle Creek.

But Salsida said her daughter could never do anything like that. She said Magana was raised in an abusive home, something she says Narine took advantage of.

"A child is a child, he can't do no harm," said Salsida. "My daughter didn't harm him. My daughter, my daughter was innocent. I know her, I raised her, I raised her in the church. Anybody from our church can tell you that it's not her. He's a monster. He took her away from us. He took her away from the family she was living with. He didn't let her talk to me at all."

The arraignment for both suspects has been postponed to give the attorneys a chance to look over the evidence.

The judge has ordered both suspects back to jail without bail.

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