Invisible Children

David Martinez

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

David Alfonso ‘Davie’ Martinez, age 8, died of malnutrition and medical neglect. A criminal investigation is ongoing. Davie was homeschooled.

Davie lived with his mother, Rachell Martinez, and his stepfather Steven Zahara. Davie had four siblings. He died from complications of an infection caused by malnutrition and neglect.

Date: September 7, 2014
Lowell, Massachusetts


Documents: Date:
David Alfonso “Davie” Martinez 09-21-2014
David Martinez 2015
Child Maltreatment Deaths Drop, But Suicide Of 12-year-old Shows Holes In Mass. Safety Net 03-21-2016