Child Abuse Advocates Remember Jovonie 20 Years After Horrific Death

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Almost two decades have passed since the tragic death of 4-year-old Jovonie Ochoa, a case that exposed deep cracks in the system’s handling of child abuse. The abuse and neglect that ultimately led to Jovonie’s death prompted widespread calls for reform and a renewed focus on addressing child abuse in the community. Reports from 2003 detailed the horrific circumstances of Jovonie’s death, with doctors describing him as severely malnourished and bearing …

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