Invisible Children

Antonio Juan Gonzalez Jr.

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.

Antonio Gonzalez Sr. (L) and Paul Bacorn (R)

Antonio Juan Gonzalez Jr., age 14, was murdered by his father, Antonio Gonzalez, and Gonzalez’s roommate, Paul Bacorn. Antonio was homeschooled. Antonio’s 4-year-old sister was not reported to be abused.

In September 2019, the family moved from Allegheny County to a trailer on a rural property in Mercer County; Bacorn lived in another trailer on the same property and watched the children when Gonzalez was away. The children’s mother had died a few years beforehand. Antonio was enrolled in an online cyber school, but Gonzalez “logged him into school so he wouldn’t get in trouble for missing class.” In late 2019, a concerned neighbor called the police concerned for the children’s safety and wellbeing; the family’s fridge was kept padlocked on the front porch and the trailers were in “deplorable” condition. Antonio was starved, sprayed with a hose, and forced to stand for hours in stress positions. When Antonio died, he weighed only 70 lbs. and officials said he looked like a “concentration camp victim.”

The abuse came to light after Antonio died as a result of hypovolemic shock due to blunt force trauma. Gonzalez called 911 and was charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, and child endangerment, among other charges. Bacorn was charged with criminal homicide and criminal conspiracy.

Date: October 23, 2019
Delaware Township, Mercer County, Pennsylvania


Documents: Date:
‘He Was Emaciated’: Father Charged With Homicide, Child Abuse After 14-Year-Old Son Found Dead 10-24-2019
‘Like a concentration camp victim’: Police release details of Mercer Co. teen’s death 10-24-2019
‘I Tried Being A Father’: Man Charged In Emaciated Son’s Death Arraigned 10-25-2019
Mercer, Pa., officials face shocking child abuse case; 2 held 10-26-2019
Father charged with homicide, child abuse after emaciated teen son found dead 10-27-2019
Roommate Of Mercer County Father Charged In Emaciated Son’s Death Now Facing Homicide Charges 11-20-2019