Mother of murdered 4-year-old boy arrested in Wyoming

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Giovanni Meijias (undated courtesy photo)

WYOMING, Mich. — The mother of a 4-year-old boy who died last week was arrested on unrelated charges Sunday.

Wyoming police say Sonja Hernandez, 29, was arrested on domestic charges. These charges are not connected directly with her son Giovanni Mejias’ death.

Giovanni was fond unresponsive Tuesday morning at a mobile home on N. Green Meadow Street SE. He was taken to the hospital where he later died. He and six other children were being watched by his mother’s boyfriend, Elis Nelson Ortiz-Nieves.

Last week, Ortiz-Nieves, 25, was arrested and charged with murder and first-degree child abuse. The Kent County medical examiner ruled Giovanni died from trauma to his abdomen, and that there were several older injuries found on him that were in various stages of healing. He’s due back in court June 28 for a probable cause conference.

More about Hernandez’s charges will be known after she’s arraigned, which police say might happen Monday.

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  • steve

    Five days after her son was murdered, and she’s arrested on unrelated domestic charges? Either was, She’s heartless or brainless or both. Good Lord.

  • John doe

    …or she did it… Her other kids have endured abuse from her. 9 years ago she threw her then infant son accross the room. Her cousin worked for cps, with gang ties… Should i say more?

    • John doe

      This abuse happened to alll of her kids from her hands. Along with stabbing her kids father the same night she threw her son. These kids where removed for about a week march 1st, the terror in the kids face when they where told they had to go home is b.s. the police/detectives said no one would come forward, b.s! Her oldest son was telling authorities along with having marks but the cps exact words where maybe if the girls would talk. The girls seen the tourture her oldest son had to endure for talking. Why would they talk?! These kids were always questioned by authorities by her. She told the school she was whooping/beating them if she ever had to go to the school. Kids always missed school being home alone. There is soooo much more. Giovonni death is just as much her fault as anyone else’s. But the minute the state arrests her for this, they admit there fault. Maybe this isn’t why she is arressted yet. But to send a monster like her back out here, she don’t have her kids to beat and assault anymore, lets see how many more life’s kent county puts in jeopardy.

  • Shiloh's Mom

    Yet another of case where mandatory sterilization should take place. You abuse or murder your children; we as a society make damn sure you never have another kid. How many more times do these travesties have to happen before we get tough with these monsters? My heart just aches for this precious little boy whose life was cut short.