GLENDALE — A Glendale foster father was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for his role in the death of a 19-month-old foster child.
Fernando Paz, 35, received a five-year sentence after pleading guilty to one count of child abuse. His wife, Maria Del Carmen Elizabeth Paz, 30, was sentenced to time already served in jail plus five years' probation.
Julio Gonzalez was one of two foster children in the Pazes' custody in 1996 when he died. The other foster child, Julio's twin brother, and the Pazes' two biological children were removed from the Paz home and placed in foster care after Julio's death.
While the specific cause of death has been debated, prosecutors and defense attorneys said he died, at least in part, because of whiplash. Prosecutors had also alleged that physical abuse played a part in his death.