The Case of the Two Abigails

One infant dies with her head in a noose, another dies inside a toy chest. Each was in a father's care, and homicide cops want answers

A trial date has not been set for the two defendants featured in the third story ("The Case of the Fatal Femme," March 9). Samantha Somegustava and Richard Enos are charged with killing and robbing Gabe Cruz, 24, on a dirt road in far southwest Phoenix. Cruz had the misfortune of meeting Somegustava at a downtown Phoenix convenience store after finishing work on March 3, 2005. Prosecutors have announced they will seek the death penalty against the 23-year-old Laveen woman, who confessed to the murder during an interview with Detective Ballentine. Enos also faces charges of first-degree murder and robbery.

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Abigail Rose Minor, shortly before her death.
courtesy of Faith Nyman
Abigail Rose Minor, shortly before her death.

The fourth story ("The Case of the Wily Coyote," April 6) described the sad demise of 19-year-old Margarita Parada, a Mexican citizen murdered hours after entering this country illegally. Abelardo Jarquin-Lopez, charged last February with strangling her in a La Quinta motel off Interstate 17, is scheduled to go to trial early next year. A human smuggler, Jarquin-Lopez confessed to killing Parada after she'd rebuffed his sexual advances at the motel.

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This case has haunted me for years and I wish there was something more I could do to help. See, I knew Eric when he was about 12 or 13. I was an acquaintance. He lived down the street from me. One day when I was walking home from school he put his arm around me and grabbed my chest. I was 10. I yelled at him and nobody else was around. He tried to pull me back into an alley by grabbing me by my arms. I got away and ran home. There was always something off about him and my parents filed a report and did not press charges. It really scared me and I hate to think about what he would have done to me. I believe he should be locked up forever for doing this.


Thanks Mr. Rubin,

I just finished reading your article, and my question is what did CPS do to the mother in this case? Did they question whether she new about the bruising or what? Here you have a fatality and the mother goes on with her life, when many (thousands) of other mothers are harassed by CPS and threatened to have their rights taken from them! Some for minor to serious injuries, but not fatal! Bias, in all sense of the word! Arizona CPS needs to be investigated at how they mishandle the lives of children & families in Arizona! This is a good article Maybe next time you'll try going alongside a CPS investigator or caseworker! There's a lot there to be uncovered also!

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