In a video recorded on May 19 in a Kokomo hotel room, a 12-year-old boy is shown chained to a towel bar in the bathroom, his hands and feet bound, with an electric shock collar around his neck.
Five days later, that boy, Eduardo Posso, was pronounced dead on the morning of May 24 in the emergency room at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.
He was brought in, unconscious, by his father, and according to hospital staff, Eduardo weighed about 50 pounds and had bruises, lacerations and ulcers all over his body. A forensic pathologist said Eduardo’s autopsy showed signs of physical abuse, starvation and neglect.
His stepmother, Dayana Medina Flores, and his father, Luis Posso, were already arrested before the video was found. Padlocks, an electric-shock dog collar, restraint cuffs, cords and chains were found in their Bloomington hotel room, where they were staying after leaving Kokomo.
Flores and Luis Posso are now facing charges of murder, neglect of a dependent, criminal confinement and battery. They both plead not guilty.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Flores said in interviews with police that Luis was responsible for most of the wounds found on Eduardo’s body. She said Luis would beat the boy with a belt, a shoe or his hands and restrained him with chains or rope more than 10 times. She also said Luis would use the electric collar to shock Eduardo.
There were other children under the care of Luis and his wife, aged 9,5 and 2, but according to the police report, they did not have signs of abuse or starvation.
Luis and his wife were employed by a Florida company Jose Pages Advertisement and Distribution to advertise Cirque Italia and traveled from place to place to distribute advertisements.
Owner of Cirque Italia, Manuel Rebecchi, said he did not know the family at all and that Posso and Flores were not connected to the circus, which is performing this weekend in Kokomo.
The Kokomo Tribune reached out to the Monroe County Sheriff Department for information about the Kokomo hotel Posso, Flores and their kids stayed in when they were in Kokomo but did not receive a reply. Local law enforcement said they did not know any details about the incident.
The couple is currently being held in the Monroe County Correctional Facility.