G.C. man arrested on involuntary manslaughter allegations

3/2/2013

By ANGIE HAFLICH

By ANGIE HAFLICH

ahaflich@gctelegram.com

A Garden City man has been arrested on allegations of involuntary manslaughter and mistreatment of a dependent adult, in connection to the death of 64-year-old Odelia Hernandez in September of 2012.

Estevan Hernandez, 23, 2820 Terrace Place, No. 21, Hernandez' son, was arrested at his home Wednesday afternoon and lodged in the Finney County Jail.

According to a press release from the Garden City Police Department, on Sept. 18, 2012, GCPD officers responded to a call about a woman who wasn't breathing.

Upon the officers' arrival to the residence, 2820 Terrace Place, No. 21, Hernandez was found deceased in a bedroom.

During the initial investigation, the apartment was found to be in horrible condition due to trash and human waste. Hernandez was found to be emaciated and there was evidence that she had not been taken care of properly for quite some time.

"Our detectives have expressed that this is probably the worst set of conditions they have ever had to deal with involving the mistreatment of a dependent adult," GCPD Sgt. Michael Reagle said. "Our detectives and evidence custodians had to use protective equipment to include self-contained breathing apparatuses (SBCA) gear to process the scene."

According to the press release, through further investigation, it was determined that Hernandez' son, Estevan Hernandez, was living with her and had taken on the responsibility of caring for her.

Through further investigation, detectives applied for and were granted an arrest warrant charging Estevan Hernandez with involuntary manslaughter and mistreatment of a dependent adult.

When asked what types of evidence was uncovered that led to his arrest, Reagle said, "It was based on the totality of her living conditions and the condition she was found in at the time of her death."

Hernandez is being lodged in the Finney County Jail on a $25,000 bond.

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