Brother addresses death of Newburgh boy believed to have been starved to death
The family of a deceased Newburgh boy believed to have died
by starvation broke their silence Friday for the first time since the child has
been identified by police.
The life of Peter Cuacuas, 7, was cut short when Newburgh
police say the boy was taken to the hospital by a caretaker last week, hours
after he died.
So far, the child's death remains under investigation but
an official source says the autopsy shows the boy was starved to death, abused
. Sources also say the boy was autistic.
Police confirm signs of abuse and neglect and on Thursday,
revealed his identity for the first time.
As all eyes turn to family for answers, his adult brother,
Ramiro Cuacuas, released this statement on Facebook:
"The loss of our brother Peter has shattered our
hearts and changed our lives. There are no words to describe this senseless
So far, it's not known who the boy lived with when he died
inside an apartment building on William Street.
His father, Arturo Cuacuas, posted regularly and publicly
about his son up until 2017. The child was a student at Temple Hill Elementary
in New Windsor and so far, it's not known whether he attended class in person or
online for someone to notice he needed help.
News 12 reached out to the boy's brother and father but has
not heard back.
The Orange County District Attorney's Office says it is
devoting all resources to the case, which is expected to go before a grand jury