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Jan 14, 2014 6:47 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

Stories of Abuse Revealed in Parents' Trial

CORPUS CHRISTI - Today began the trial for Jose Franco and Amanda Gonzales. The two are accused of abusing their 12-year old son and forcing him to wear a diaper. They were arrested in May of last year.

Today the aunt of the 12-year old boy took the stand. She says she discovered that her young nephew was being abused and called police. Today she went into detail about what she saw.

She told the court it's something she will never forget. She took photos of the 12-year old boy in May of 2013. Those photos were shared with a jury today.

Jose Franco and Amanda Gonzales have been accused of beating, starving, and forcing the young boy to wear a diaper. The photos showed major bruising on the boys bottom and red marks that looked like a rash on his inner thighs. The boy also looked malnourished. His aunt said at this time he, "smelled like a homeless person."

The boy's aunt told the jury she took pictures right away when she saw the boys body as he was about to take a bath.

She described the day Jose Franco and Amanda Gonzales let her take the boy saying, "when he sat in the car he took a deep breath in like he was safe." She says slowly throughout the day her nephew began sharing his tales of abuse. She says he told her, "mom doesn't feed me." She says he went on to tell her he only got 30 seconds to use the restroom and every second he went over he was hit with a pinata stick.

She told the court before she was able to take him, Franco told her "he is manipulative, don't believe anything he says."

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