Phillip Raymond Hernandez
SACRAMENTO, CA - Child Protective Services released new documents detailing 10 years of reports and accusations involving slain 9-year-old Matthew Hernandez.
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The reports included social worker reviews and allegations, although the reports don't say who made them. Some names and information were redacted to protect privacy. (See sidebar)
One report dated Feb. 4 of this year, just three weeks before investigators say Phillip Hernandez bliudgeoned his son Matthew with a hatchet, claimed the house where the child lived had "automatic rifles at his home even though he is not supposed to have weapons as a convicted felon."
The report also said, "the children have pictures of each other shooting the guns."
Adialada Amezola, the grandmother of Phillip Hernandez, disputed the claims but says her grandson did take his children to a "shooting place."
According to court records, Hernandez's ex-wife Jessica was physically abused by him.
Records show she was attempting to gain custody of her two children and warned a judge, saying "he is a dangerous man and I am terrified to leave my sons in his care."
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CPS records also showed there were seven prior referrals -- or complaints -- with one for neglect substantiated in 2010. Amezola also denied that.
"When they talking neglect, I don't know what they are talking about. There was no neglect in this family whatsoever," she said.
The records also noted in April, 2010, CPS case workers only considered the overall risk level to the children as moderate, but a safety plan was required for them to remain in the home.
Amezola said after her grandson's arrest, he attempted suicide in jail.
As for a motive, Amezola said her grandson was not in his right mind. "He was dealing with a demon," she said.
by Damany Lewis, DLewis@news10.net