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Mom, boyfriend allegedly tortured boy, 2

August 21, 2009 6:55:21 AM PDT
A Pasadena mother and her boyfriend face charges of murder and torture in the death of her 2-year-old son.Maria Pelaez and 32-year-old Gabriel Diaz appeared in Pasadena Superior Court on Thursday.

Authorities found 2-year-old Rene Torres dead in the couple's home on North Summit Avenue in Pasadena on Tuesday.

Pelaez called 911, but her son was already dead.

Both face life in prison without parole if convicted. They are being held on $2 million bail.

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