Coroner reports Richmond boy
died from years of abuse
Death ruled a homicide
By Caitilin McAdoo, Bay City News Service
January 9, 2007
RICHMOND (BCN) - An autopsy report completed late Monday
on 8-year-old Raijon Daniels determined that the boy did not die
from swallowing the cleaning agent Pine-Sol as his mother allegedly
claimed, but instead died from years of continuous abuse diagnosed
as "battered child syndrome".
Raijon's death has now been officially ruled a homicide, according
to the report. Evidence of chronic physical abuse was found covering
the boy's entire body.
"He had numerous bruises, scratches, marks, burns, and irritations
from head to toe," the pathologist who conducted the autopsy
reported. "His penis appeared to be either extremely irritated
or infected. His left buttocks and upper left thigh appeared to
A detailed list of the boy's injuries fill more than two pages
of the report and included cuts and scars with a "train track"
pattern, consistent with cord or strap injuries, scars on his
wrists and ankles consistent with old ligature marks and a "possible
chemical injury" to his penis.
Although toxicology tests came back negative for Pine-Sol, the
tests did find isoproponal, the main ingredient in rubbing alcohol,
and acetone, the active ingredient in nail polish remover, in
the boy's system.
The autopsy report also states that Raijon suffered from a condition
known as ketoacidosis, which can be caused by starvation or diabetes.
The pathologist reported that the thin fat layer found on the
boy suggests that he had been starved.
The boy's mother, Teresa Moses, 23, has been charged with torture
and child abuse. She will now likely face an additional charge
of murder in connection with her son's death.
Moses is scheduled to appear in court Friday to enter a plea,
according to the Contra Costa County district attorney's office.
Rescuers were called to Moses' home in the 700 block of S. 40th
Street in Richmond about 5:15 p.m. on Oct. 28. They found Raijon
non-responsive in his bedroom. He was rushed to Kaiser Permanente
Medical Center in Richmond, but doctors were not able to revive
In a statement included in the coroner's report, a emergency
room physician at Kaiser said that the boy's regular physician,
Doctor Edmond Leo, told him that he had noted symptoms of past
sexual abuse in March 2005 and again in September of 2005, the
coroner's report states.
Lynn Yaney, spokeswoman for the county's Children and Family
Services department, said that social workers from CFS had been
to Moses' apartment three times to investigate allegations of
abuse and that the police had been called to the home twice.
Yaney said that CFS had been told that Moses was protecting Raijon
from the sexual abuse, giving social workers no justification
for removing the boy from his home.
When police entered the home on Oct. 28, they found bottles of
Pine-Sol lying open around the home, according to a statement
police gave to the coroner.
A detective said in the autopsy report that Moses had made "a
spontaneous statement at the scene that her son may have drank
Pine-Sol," the autopsy report states. Investigators found
a mixture of Pine-Sol and bleach in the apartment and evidence
that Raijon had vomited in his bedroom and bathroom, according
to the report.
Raijon urinated "all over" the apartment, Moses allegedly
told investigators, and she left open bottles of cleaner throughout
the apartment "to clean up the mess and kill the odor,"
the report states.
"(Raijon) was also often times locked in his room and watched
on security cameras by his mother," the report states.
Allegations of abuse were first reported to CFS in 2002 when
Raijon was 4 years old, according to a report CFS filed with the
California Department of Social Services, Children's Services
In 2002, CFS received a report that Moses' boyfriend was physically
abusing the boy, but no marks or bruises found on the boy. The
case was "evaluated out," which means a social worker
investigated the allegation and found that the reported concern
did not meet the legal qualifications for abuse or neglect, Yaney
In March of 2005, when Raijon was 7, allegations that Raijon's
stepfather had been sexually abusing him were reported to CFS.
This time, CFS investigated and found that sexual abuse had occurred
and that Moses had failed to protect her son, the CFS report states.
The case was later closed because Moses reportedly began protecting
her son and cooperating with police.
Both Moses and Raijon were referred to therapy, the CFS report
Two months later, in May of 2005, CFS received a report that
Raijon had been found digging through garbage for food. "When
asked the child stated that he was hungry," the CFS report
claims. Again, CFS "evaluated out" the allegations.
In September of 2005, it was reported that Raijon was found playing
alone at a McDonald's restaurant. The boy said he had run away
from home because his babysitter had handcuffed him to a bed while
his mother was at work, according to the CFS report. Police returned
Raijon to his home and CFS again "evaluated out" the
case, this time because police were investigating the incident.
In November of 2005, CFS received another report stating that
Raijon had run away from home and his mother had failed to contact
the police for four hours.
CFS investigated and found that Moses had reported her son's
disappearance as soon as she woke up and found him missing.
In the final complaint made to CFS, recorded in January of 2006,
somebody alleged that Raijon's mother and biological father were
physically and emotionally abusing him. An investigation found
that the boy's parents had gotten into "scuffle" after
the father came to pick up the child and he sustained "some
A CFS investigator reportedly talked to Raijon in private and
he told the social worker that his mother "takes good care
of him and that they do 'fun things together,'" the CFS report
Raijon's case was closed in February of 2006 after CFS found
no evidence of physical or emotional abuse in the home. Allegations
of "general neglect/substantial risk" however, were
substantiated, the report states.
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