Antonia Benitez, Mother of 9, Accused of Starving 4-y.o. Daughter That Weighs 18 Lbs.

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Ya know, you try to write positively about illegal immigrants--defend them against haters, hail their good, blah blah blah--and then a case like the one of Antonia Benitez comes along that wakes up the Jim Gilchrist in you.

Such is the story of Antonia Benitez. Not only is she an illegal immigrant, but she's the mother of 9 at the age of 35. Not only is she the mother of 9, but authorities allege she neglected her youngest so much that the poor girl barely weighs 18 pounds even though she's 4. Not only did Antonio neglect the girl so much, but she let open wounds fester on her mija. And not only did she let those wounds fester, but then she dumped the poor girl off at St. Joseph's in Orange and took off.

Yeah, hard to defend Benitez.

Benitez is scheduled to be arraigned today and is being held on $250,000 bail. Below is the best reporting so far, which aired last night on KCAL-TV Channel 9, in which the mom unsurprisingly denies everything. Something tells me Aztlanistas won't be rallying when this pendeja gets booted back to Mexico...

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beatrizhernandez799
beatrizhernandez799

All of you guys should Shut the Hell Up!!!!

U guys didn't know her nd all she has been threw in life!!! She loved her kids more then anything because they were everything to her

So once again Shut the Hell Up!!!

chapina1492
chapina1492

For those only focusing on her illegal status, just read or watch your local news and take notice that most criminals in it are LEGAL or U S born citizens.  A scumbag is a scumbag no matter what race or what their legal status is.  I know some illegals that have done great and selfLESS things for others, but no one speaks of them. Antonia Benitez is a disgrace to our Latino people who have entered here legal and illegally and have NOT collected welfare/food stamps and who have succeeded, are good parents, good neighbors, good citizens.  She does not represent all Mexicans, all Central and South Americans or all illegals.  We are all individuals.  

saricher1
saricher1

Evil has no legal status.  That poor baby, and the rest of the children.  I just hope that maybe foster care can break the cycle, but even that is unlikely.

correourgente
correourgente

Yo pense que Gustavo Arellano no tenia resentimientos en contra de los inmigrantes, tal vez lo estoy confundiendo con otro Gustavo Arellano, el que escribe en el Westword de Denver una nota que se llama "Ask a Mexican".


tmanzano07
tmanzano07

what about Casey Anthony she did kill her daughter...its not only illegal immigrants come on now!


SickSnail.
SickSnail.

If the laws regarding her existence in this country had been respected, at the very minimum this would not have happened in this country to this child.  If the laws regarding her existence in this country had been respected, she may be in Mexico where she wouldnt be getting paid to have more babies and thus, this probably would not have happened.  If the laws regarding her existence in this country had been respected, this quite possibly would have never happened. Her illegal status is relevant.

VenusImPelz
VenusImPelz

@GustavoArellano funny how you say that you NEVER said that her illegality was what made her neglect her daughter... yet, you seem to be extremely avid about making sure that all of your readers got that she a big time ILLEGAL... as if her legal status went hand in hand with her lack of parenting skills. I am a bit baffled as to how any publication would allow such ignorant and racist rubbish to be published... yea, freedom of speech and whatnot.. but this privilege of being able to reach to the masses out there should be used to unifying and finding ways to better your community so little girls and boys out there are not neglected and malnourished...  

This article is not only an indication of the lack of objectivity you have as journalist but also an indication of  the lack of professionalism and prestige of this publication... unfortunately, you seem to exclude yourself from this illegality issue... what you dont realize is that your article just  feeds the stereotypes, hatred, and ignorance of some of your readers... I hope that you can realize that the community you are catering to in this article will assume things about yourself based simply on your given name... and if you were born here, tenth generation here, rich, well established, etc will not matter because by default youre an illegal and therefore prone to these sort of things... you are perpetuating this.

The fact that she neglected her child is extremely sad.... unfortunately, this happens all over the world and we tend to defuse the attention to bashing the perpetrator... thats not very productive, dont you think? 


lamilleroc
lamilleroc

Actually, her immigrant status is pertinent to the story, and DID cause a situation like this.  The ex-husband said that the reason she dropped her daughter at the hospital and left her there was probably due to the fact that she was illegal, and was too scared to stick around.  Which leads me to believe that she waited to the last possible minute to even TAKE her to the hospital because of the fear of her status.  The bottom line is the daughter was neglected and was not protected, nor taken proper care of, by her mother. And she's even DENYING the fact that she did anything wrong.  You can't tell me that you don't see anything seriously wrong with an 18 lb 4-year old.  You just can't.

zylph
zylph

okay tavo, if you are trying for satire, this time you missed the mark. i wish you'd have mentioned the fact that poverty and ignorance not immigrant status is what causes situations like these. i agree with all the other folk that are coming back at you.


bulldogpaul
bulldogpaul

The beginning of this story is very poorly written because it sounds like you are saying, "You try to defend illegal immigrants, but damn, this is what they are REALLY like." I don't think that is what you actually meant, but it does come across that way.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

white, mexican, black, rich or poor, legal or illegal doesn't matter to me...she has a 4 year old daughter that weighs 18lbs. with open wounds.  Any mother under any circumstance should know that this is abuse.  Maybe since she is already living off the government we do her another favor and pay for a hysterectomy before she's sent back to Mexico. This woman has no business here.

cynthia822003
cynthia822003

The funny thing is the so called "journalist" name is Gustavo Arellano, I wonder if he is also an illegal!? For future reference, Her being illegal had nothing to do with the story, Gustavo.

mophisto.waltz
mophisto.waltz

c'mon people... she didnt abuse her daughter... she said so her self... She neglected her daughter.... lets call a spade a spade here.... then lets deport her back to where she came from so she can come right back over and collect more welfare checks... 

saenzpop
saenzpop

What the fuck is this? Her "mija" ... Get the fuck out of here. This is a "journalist?" Get the fuck out if here. What in the fuck does this dick face woman's ethnicity or legal status have to do with her abuse? Wtf is this ass face talking about? Get ... The fuck ... Out of here are you serious?

beeplogic
beeplogic

I think you guys need some coffee this morning, isn't her name "Antonia"?

MerLaMer
MerLaMer

Horrible person, but legal or not all walks of life do these types of horrific things to their children. How are you supposed to teach all the people around here about respecting each others cultures when you immediately use her immigration status as an identifying factor in her behavior? With great power comes great responsibility.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@saricher1 Here's the thing. She should have been here. Now we, US citizens, will have to pick up the tab to educate, feed, cloth, etc her children. That will be well over $1,000,000.

Benitez is just an illustration. Our de facto open borders means we get a lot of people like her, not so extreme, perhaps, but many many who may be hard working, decent, etc, but just don't have the skills to be anything but a drain on an advanced, post-industrial economy.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@correourgente La Raza sobre todo. No te das cuenta al daño que hacer las fronteras abierta a los EEUU, a California, al Condado de Orange. 

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@SickSnail. It's quite likely that back in Mexico (or where-ever) she would have a support system around her, mothers, fathers, compadres, comadres, cuñados, etc. 

The US is a tough enough place for those of us born here, people with little education or skills, from another country, must be like fish out of water.

9ol8ik7uj
9ol8ik7uj

@VenusImPelz @GustavoArellano 

But mostly with people of so many kids from other countries that lack education and common sense etc.

Look at the inner city blacks same thing

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@lamilleroc When's the last time you heard about somebody being deported from the hospital? Research shows that illegal immigrants know the ins and outs of US immigration policy quite well. 

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@zylph When did I say her immigrant status caused this?

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@zylph Open borders imports poverty. Plus, had she been back in Mexico or where ever, the vecinos, abuelos, etc would have been looking out for the families welfare.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@bulldogpaul But our open borders invite poverty and ignorance in. We have enough here already, we don't need anymore. 

alooondrita
alooondrita

How do you collect welfare if you are not from here.... If you don't have a valid social security number. Really, tell me... So i can let

All the raza know. Pendejo.

SickSnail.
SickSnail.

@saenzpop Right? I mean all illegals suck. Not just the ones that neglect their daughters' mija's.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@MerLaMer I respect Mexican culture. I respect Mexican laws -- see my paste of their immigration laws below.

Why don't you respect our culture. In mainstream American culture, it is not acceptable to have 9 children, especially if the state is going to support them. 

When will Mexicans respect my culture? When will they respect our laws?

9ol8ik7uj
9ol8ik7uj

@MerLaMer 

the reason people use her immigration status is 1) people of that nature have absolutley no common sense whatsoever it shows you why she had 9 children, so she is stupid in not using protection so that she probably wasnt able to feed her daughter people that usually come from other countries are the most that will do these dumb  types of things becuase they are ignorant lack education, class and our culture and expect us to learn the spanish language, and are lazy in not learning the American language talk so much crap, how beautiful there country is yet they are her is BEAUTIFUL america to me if your an immigrant latin immigrant that means you anyway, my dad came from south america in 1970 and he came here fo r an opportunity he got a job and stayed for manyyears but he had an education and commonsense etc dthese people dont, my dad flourished and made it and always said America love it or leave it ! he never took advantage of the system etc, he didnt have family and made his own famil y and worked hard thats the American way not these people yeah so the immigration status has a LOT to do with it! 

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@MerLaMer I never said her illegality made her neglect her daughter.

mk1318
mk1318

@Mitchell_Young @saricher1 You are totally correct ! This is a small fraction of what the non-hispanic population of Santa Ana lives with....paying the bills!!!  But what the fu....they vote democrat and are pro-immigration...they come with a "braccero" mentality...

Justin_Khase
Justin_Khase

Your spanish is pretty good, if it's really you.

VenusImPelz
VenusImPelz

@9ol8ik7uj and in response to your other poorly written comments, which is astonishing considering that you bash on stupid "mongoloids" who are almost savage-like and yet you can hardly make use of commas, proper grammar, and spelling of your american English language. 

Immigration laws are not the same for all countries so please educate yourself a bit more about the restrictions and quotas the US imposes on all countries; therefore, you cannot use that argument of "they need to come here legally because we did." That is ideal but merely impossible. 

please understand that immigration is a worldwide phenomenon where there are push and pull factors.. do some research as to why some countries have higher numbers of people leaving their countries and why countries like the US have such great puling factors.  Maybe then, you can tell me why you are so righteous. 

Also, please understand why "blue collar" crime is the only crime we hear of and know of and why there is a disproportionate number of people of color in jail, with a criminal record, etc. learn a little about the prison industrial complex and the criminalization  of our communities... understand, that there are bad people every where lol crooks even in the richest of communities. "white collar" crime is more common than you think. 

Lastly, you are making some dangerous generalizations about the immigrant community because there are brilliant undocumented folks out there who are highly educated, involved in the community, and giving back to the economy even though folks like you think otherwise... immigrants who work very hard and inject money into the economy by paying payroll, sales, and property taxes and never receive a penny back from their unemployment of social security deductions. everything that you listed and went on and on about are dumb stereotypes the media has fed you. And like I told gustavo, you come from an immigrant background... whether legal or not... whether you were born here or not... As long as you support this ignorant way of thinking and do nothing about it, youll always be an illegal to 'merica. Good day.

VenusImPelz
VenusImPelz

@9ol8ik7uj but mostly with people of so many kids from other countries that lack education and common sense etc.? what are you trying to get across? i dont understand your statement. 

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@alooondrita She can get SNAP, WIC, Section-8, etc 'on behalf' of her likely US born children, or those portion of them which were born here. Of course, if they are in the school system, they also get 'free' breakfasts and lunches.

9ol8ik7uj
9ol8ik7uj

@alooondrita 

I thinik is a system called pro immigration, they get all the good stuff American's cant get 

chapina1492
chapina1492

@9ol8ik7uj @MerLaMer My mother came to the U.S. in 1967 ILLEGALLY and worked her butt off and saved enough money, WITHOUT getting on welfare and has been a U.S. citizen since the 1980's.  She only had ONE child... ME and she took very good care of me so that I wouldn't turn into a hoodrat even though we lived very poorly.  Most of my illegal family members are all U.S. citizens and their children serve in our Navy, Air Force and Marines.  So take your bullshit generalization and shove it up your ignorant butthole. I saw plenty of South Americans behaving like animals in our neighborhood just like I saw plenty of whites and blacks behave the same.  Only narrow minded people would lump thousands of people from different Central American countries, or Mexico and say they're all lazy and crap.  Get your head out of your ass, you should be ashamed. You're LATIN, you should be supportive of Latinos, instead of knocking us down.  Yes, we have some real idiots, but so do whites, blacks, Europeans, etc.  Shame on you.

9ol8ik7uj
9ol8ik7uj

@MerLaMer 

to continue, these people are suppose to come to America with an open mind and say well im going to try to do something with myself , no they come here and say " America   will feed my kids  and give me an apt, and all i have to do is take care of my kids, and have more ooops not this case, cut the borders. Most of thes people that have been coming for the past 10 years are mongoloids!

Clifford121
Clifford121

@GustavoArellano

@MerLaMer

 Then why would you mention it at all?  The woman's citizenship status and race have absolutely nothing to do with her parenting ability.  White parents who are legal citizens are just as capable of neglecting their children as this woman was.  You purposefully lumped this particular woman into a category of "illegals" and used that status to make generalizations about her.  Of course what she did was wrong and terrible, and she probably shouldn't be a parent.  Neither should millions of other under-educated Americans of various races and citizenship statuses who can barely even take care of themselves.

This is a story about bad parenting.  Not about illegal immigrants.  It was totally unnecessary for you to conflate the two.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@chapina1492 @9ol8ik7uj @VenusImPelz The Duggars are not on welfare, as far as I know. Further,  the kids are home-schooled, so they don't even impose 'education' costs on the state of Arkansas. 

But most importantly, they are American citizens. There isn't much we can do about our fellow citizen's reproductive habits -- maybe stop subsidizing huge families via welfare and 'free' school breakfasts and lunches, but that's about it.

We can, however, enforce our borders. Or at least give it a better shot than we are doing now.

chapina1492
chapina1492

@9ol8ik7uj @VenusImPelz The Duggar family is WHITE and American and they popped out 20 kids.  They're not the only WHITE AMERICAN family with a household of more than 2 children, so does that make them animals? Or is the animal status only for illegals?  I've seen plenty of Latins (legal and illegals) with 1 or 2 kids ONLY, and shocker, some have ZERO and are not planning on any.  Gee... could it be that you really are ignorant?  Because DOLL, you certainly don't speak for MOST people.

9ol8ik7uj
9ol8ik7uj

@VenusImPelz 

I am not going to read the rest only the first sentance I didnt feel like putting commas dashes and all that other stuff n my "grammer" I am a very well educated person. So again, there your answer to your question I just didnt feel like putting the dear old commas and all that where it would go just because I didnt feel like it. and I am not / illegal to America how is this FUCK YOU DOLL! I am more American than you will ever be!!! Most people think like me and its not ignorance, its the truth, our American coulture has class, their coulture is totally different and more among the animals again look at the amount of kids shes's having. That is common sense, again, you definalty wasted your time typing! Again as we say in lovely America FUCK YOU.... you also have a nice day....

chapina1492
chapina1492

@9ol8ik7uj @alooondrita Funny, I see a crap load of Americans, white and black on welfare, so don't say that Americans can't get it.  Just go to any trailer park or the black projects, LEGALS and US citizens are ALSO milking the system!

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@chapina1492 @Mitchell_Young @9ol8ik7uj @MerLaMer 

I'm sure your Mom and Dad are very fine people. They probably would have been great workers, producers, family raisers in Mexico too.

This story is an illustration. Journalists do that a lot, illustrate a current issue via a single story. Arellano isn't 'lumping all immigrants -- legal or otherwise -- in together.' His parents were illegal too, as I understand it.

We get a lot of stories about illegal immigrant valedictorians or pullitzer prize winners or whatever. This one provides some balance.

chapina1492
chapina1492

@Mitchell_Young @chapina1492 @9ol8ik7uj @MerLaMer Means nothing to me.... I don't care about demographics.. I care about the homeless, not just in America but in Central America, South America, Mexico and any other country outside the U.S.  My mom was a very hard worker and she helped her mom and sister out of the extreme poverty they were living in, in Guatemala.  To me, she, my dad, are heroes. With the help of her Jewish boss she was able to get her greencard and now she's a U.S. citizen, didn't ask anyone for a dime.  Those are the kind of people I care about... demographics.... psssstt.... poop.

chapina1492
chapina1492

@Mitchell_Young @chapina1492 @9ol8ik7uj @MerLaMer Guatemala, and I'm not saying to just open the borders or not keep them safe.  I'm specifically commenting that all illegals should not be lumped together as being "animals" like someone else said.  I can sympathize and empathize with those that come here illegally to help their families survive because of the desperate situation back home.  I have no pity on those that come here to add more crime to our cities and that exploit the welfare system.  I wish I had a solution to the illegal immigrant problem...the only reason so many have to come here illegally is because the U.S. will not grant you a Visa if you can't prove you have a nice bank account in your home country.  That's why many come here first to work, send money back home, it gets put in the bank, and then they can start the paperwork for a green card.  Gangsters, killers, thieves, etc...I hope they all get busted because they should be coming here to help their families if they can't make money back home, people like them make it hard for the good people that only come here to work hard and provide for their loved ones.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@chapina1492 @9ol8ik7uj @MerLaMer And here is the relevant section of the Mexican law -- make that several sections.

La Secretaría de Gobernación fijará, previos los estudios demográficos correspondientes, el número de extranjeros cuya internación podrá permitirse al país, ya sea por actividades o por zonas de residencia, y sujetará a las modalidades que juzgue pertinentes, la inmigración de extranjeros, ***según sean sus posibilidades de contribuir al progreso nacional.***

Immigration is limited to government will regulate.. and subject  to the modalities it judges pertinent, the immigration of foreigners, according to **there possibilities of contributing to national progress*

======

Article 37 -- La Secretaría de Gobernación podrá negar a los extranjeros la entrada al país o el cambio de calidad o característica migratoria por cualesquiera de los siguientes motivos, cuando:

I.- No exista reciprocidad internacional;

II.- Lo exija el ***equilibrio demográfico nacional;***

...

The Secretary of the Government can deny entry of foreigners   or change the quality or charicteristics of migration when...

I. There is no international reciprocation (like, try immigrating to Mexico from the US if you don't have a fixed, US sourced income or work for a US company or have some really special skills. At least if you are not the child of Mexicans. You can get in, Chapina)

II. If the national demographic equilibrium demands it (it being 'denying entry to the country). 

Now, don't you think that letting people who are going to pop out 9 kids affects the demographic equilibrium? 

I'm sure you are pretty smart, Chapina. So is the Mexican government and legislators.


Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@chapina1492 @9ol8ik7uj @MerLaMer So, Chapina, how many people should we take. I'm going to guess your mother came from Mexico, because most illegal immigrants do. Mexico is actually a middle income country on world scale, so there are about 3.5 Billion people in this world poorer than the average Mexican. How many do we let in?

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@Clifford121 @GustavoArellano @MerLaMer 

Clifford, if my wife spills a bottle of wine on the carpet, and we have to pay $200 to get it cleaned, I don't get mad. Shit happens.

If I have an invited houseguest, and they do the same, I don't get pissed. Shit happens.

If I have a get together, and someone uninvited barges in, grabs some wine, drinks a bottle or two meant for friends and family, and *then* spills another bottle on the carpet, I get really pissed, and take them to court for the cost.

Get it.

She's not supposed to be here. There is reason for that...she adds nothing, and she is now going to impose even more costs than the approximately $1,000,000 that the 'education' of her kids, the free school breakfasts and lunches, etc impose on us

This case is an illustration, extreme, but far from unique. Check out Sam Quiñones 6+4=1 tenuous existence about how an illegal immigrant with 6 kids got us to pay for fertility treatments.

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