Invisible Children

Eduardo Posso

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.

Eduardo Posso (pictured), age 12, was starved to death by his father, Luis Posso, Jr., and his stepmother Dayana Medina Flores. Eduardo’s 9-year-old sister and his brothers aged 5 and 2 were not reported to be abused. Eduardo was homeschooled.

Eduardo’s family lived in Myakka City, Florida. His mother, Aurea Esmeralda Garcia, did not have custody and last saw him in 2017. Eduardo and his siblings attended local public schools in Florida beginning in 2012. Eduardo was a skilled juggler. Numerous people, including Eduardo’s grandmother, his teachers, and his next-door neighbors, were concerned about Eduardo’s well-being, and child welfare officials investigated reports of abuse at least five times between June 2017 and December 2018. Posso and Medina Flores claimed Eduardo’s bruises were accidental and Eduardo denied the abuse, so the cases were closed. Two days after the last investigation, Posso and Medina Flores pulled the children from school to homeschool them. Shortly thereafter, they took the family on the road for their circus promoting business.

While the family was staying in a motel room in Indiana, Eduardo was kept chained in the bathtub wearing a shock collar, and Posso and Medina Flores monitored him with a camera. The abuse came to light when Posso and Medina Flores brought Eduardo to the hospital where he was declared dead. When he died he weighed around 55 lbs. His body was covered with bruises and contained 0% body fat. Posso and Medina Flores were charged with child neglect, confinement, and battery; murder charges are pending.

Date: May 24, 2019
Bloomington, Indiana


Documents: Date:
Parents charged for abusing, starving 12-year-old son to death in Bloomington 05-28-2019
12-year-old boy was restrained with shackles, K9 shock collar before death, Monroe County sheriff says 05-28-2019
Couple from Manatee County arrested in Indiana, charged in “extreme abuse” death of 12-year-old boy 05-29-2019
Parents arrested after death of Myakka City boy. Cops say he was tortured 05-29-2019
Sheriff: Circus promoters accused in death of 12-year-old boy restrained with shackles, shock collar 05-30-2019
‘There are no words’: Circus promoters abused, shackled and starved a 12-year-old boy until he died, police say 05-31-2019