A year and a half ago Elizabeth Holloway, moved in with her mother, her mother’s boyfriend and half sister and brother. A year and a half ago, Elizabeth began being abused by her mother. A year and a half ago, Elizabeth was 7 and ½ years old and had no idea that by 9-years-old she’d be telling her younger sister she was dying…. and would.
Imagine you are 7 and ½ years old and you are moving in with your mother and siblings, exciting right? It’s a new start that includes a sister and a brother, what could be bad about that? I’ll tell you what could be bad about that… a mother that reportedly begins to beat you as soon as you move in.
According to police reports Elizabeth lived with her father until 17 months ago when she moved in with her mother Crystal Cardenas (25). At which time it appears she became her mother’s personal punching bag enduring numerous incidents of abuse. In the 17 months she lived with her mother she was reportedly choked, punched, kicked, burned and thrown to the ground. Poor thing, I just want to hug her so bad! A few days before her death on January 17th, Crystal reportedly punched and kicked Elizabeth, causing a bruised pancreas and transection of her intestines. These injuries would have resulted in Elizabeth dying “a very slow and painful death,” according to prosecutors. Elizabeth experienced vomiting and loss of feeling in her lower extremities. She told her 7-year-old half sister she felt like she was going to die. Now that statement right there just does it for me, I can not imagine the fear she must have felt at 9-years-old and literally thinking she was going to die and having NO ONE to go to. This little girl knew she was dying… it breaks my heart!
On January 17th San Diego Police were called at approximately 10:00 pm with a report of a child not breathing. Paramedics arrived and took Elizabeth to the trauma center; she died at 11:56 pm. The SDPD child abuse unit was originally handling her case, but the autopsy showed she died from blunt force trauma and the case was handed over to homicide.
After a thorough investigation, that included interviewing the family, extended family, neighbors, former neighbors and people at the school Elizabeth attended, the DA’s office and SDPD concluded that Elizabeth’s mother Crystal was the one who inflicted the abuse and caused the death of her daughter.
Cardenas’ other two children are under the care of CPS.
Cardenas faces 25 years to life, if convicted of murder. The preliminary hearing is set for February 16th.
Thanks to Cristina for the tip.