Boy, formerly of Goleta, beat to death over birthday cake

July 17, 2015
Oriana Garcia

Oriana Garcia

A 9-year-old boy paid with his life for eating birthday cake that was supposed to go to the 2-year-old daughter of his mother’s boyfriend. [Chicago Tribune]

Oriana Iris Garcia, 26, took her son Jack Gacia out of elementary school in Goleta earlier this year to move in with a man in Maryland whom she met online. That man, 30-year-old Robert Wilson, allegedly beat Jack Garcia until he passed out.

The incident occurred on June 30, and Jack died in the hospital five days later. During the incident, the boy’s uncle Jacob Barajas handcuffed him to a chair, and the boy’s mother sent paramedics away when they initially came to assist Jack.

Both Oriana Garcia and Barajas, her brother, face charges of second-degree murder and first-degree child abuse. Wilson is charged with assault and child abuse, and he may face additional charges after an upcoming grand jury hearing.

Robert Wilson

Robert Wilson

During the four months that the Garcias lived in Wilson’s home, Wilson disciplined Jack by slapping him, sparring with him and smacking his legs with a bamboo sword. Oriana Garcia told investigators that Wilson would also use handcuffs to teach Jack not to steal.

Police say Jack’s mother planned and participated in some of the discipline. On the evening of the final beating, she turned away the paramedics while Jack lay critically injured, handcuffed and bound to a chair.

Oriana Garcia had never met Wilson in person prior to pulling Jack out of school and boarding a cross-country train in February.

Maragaret Saleh, assistant superintendent of pupil services in Goleta, said Jack was a a challenging kid who was smart, but stubborn and uncommunicative in his early years. But, by third grade, he was ready to soar, Saleh said.



  1. agag1 says:

    Children are a gift.
    It’s a shame a gift was wasted on this woman.

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  2. abigchocoholic says:

    Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? 4 For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’[a] and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’[
    that’s hilarious!

    How any civilized people could consider such tripe to be handed down by God is beyond comprehension.

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    • Ted Slanders says:


      Are you chastising Christianity? Are you a part of the war upon Christianity that Sean Hannity of Fox News is always talking about? Who are we to usurp Jesus’ words in this respect relative to the verse in question?

      As if the war on Christianity isn’t enough by removing the Ten Commandments from the landscape around the USA , we further get ridiculed by the likes of you upon our Bronze Age beliefs of having to follow the doctrine set forth within the scriptures!

      Bill O’Reilly was right, the war continues upon our faith.

      “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” (Romans 1:16)

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  3. ironyman2000 says:

    Words cannot describe the disgust, contempt and hatred I feel towards these people.

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    • Sadkitty says:

      I’d like to get the parents of this Wilson guy and beat them they should be charged too. Either one or both of them is responsible for teaching this guy that kind of behavior. The parents of monsters should be held accountable

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  4. CentralcoastRN says:

    I’m just wondering why paramedics get a call, see a kid in handcuffs, then proceed to leave and not report this incident to authorities.

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    • BeenThereDoneThat says:

      I doubt they ever got in the door. My guess is she meet them at the door and they never went in. She probably told them some b.s. story (I panicked, it was no big deal, etc) to get them to go away. I’m sure if they saw they would have called.

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