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Massachusetts 3-year-old found dead remembered as bright, happy, and sweet boy



BOSTON – A Massachusetts 3-year-old boy is being remembered after he reportedly died while his mother was out.

25-year-old Jennifer Prudencio of Chelsea is charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment of a child.  Police were called to Prudencio’s Spencer Avenue apartment in Chelsea on April 7th where they found her son, Yael Guardado-Prudencio, 3, unresponsive.

According to NECN, prosecutors stated that Prudencio left the 3-year-old, who was pale and vomiting, in the care of her 7 and 8-year-old children while she went out to a bar in Revere, drank for a few hours, then slept at her boyfriend’s home in Somerville. The 8-year-old texted his mother and sent a video with concern for his 3-year-old brother’s well-being.

The boy’s father has created a GoFundMe fundraiser for funeral expenses.

Yael was described as a bright, happy, sweet boy who was lost too soon.

The judge set bail for Prudencio at $100,000, with conditions that she wear a GPS, have no contact with witnesses in the case and have no unsupervised contact with children under 16-years-old.

“The death of someone so young is a tragedy beyond words. My heart goes out to all who knew and loved this young boy, and to the police and emergency services personnel who responded to the scene that sad morning,” Hayden said.

Prudencio is due back in court in May.



  1. Fed Up

    April 18, 2024 at 2:45 pm

    This poor excuse for a mother should be rotting in jail never mind offered bond. Poor children probably now feel responsible for their sibling’s death. Rest in peace little man you deserved so much better.

  2. MassTexan

    April 20, 2024 at 11:16 am

    God bless the young man, and his siblings left on their own. Mom belongs under the prison.

  3. B.Bourgoin

    April 20, 2024 at 1:38 pm

    What kind of mother does this and what happened to being charged with neglect of the other two children she shouldn’t be out one any bond.

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