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Jose and Emilio’s Story

line More than three years after California brothers Jose and Emilio Rodriguez were beaten and tortured by their maternal grandmother while living on the Ute Reservation, their physical and emotional scars remain.

Jose, now 7, has paralysis on his right side and walks with a pronounced limp. He was a bright little boy in preschool but now struggles to learn, the result of permanent brain damage from a skull fracture.

His 6-year-old brother, Emilio, is in speech therapy and can’t forget the torment inflicted on him and his brother. Their little sister, 5-year-old Mona, escaped physical harm but still fears that she’ll be taken away again from her beloved paternal grandparents.

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