Cynthia Hernandez was thinking about the missing dog when she awoke early that September morning in her family’s two-story tract home, tucked away in a residential enclave north of a busy commercial corridor in Chino.
The 10-year-old cocker spaniel, Sandy, hadn’t been seen since the day before. She went outside to call the dog again, without luck. She came back in, took a shower and began ironing clothes for work.
Her husband, Anthony, was in bed browsing the Internet on his new tablet. He didn’t look up when their 19-year-old son, Aaron, walked into the room. Aaron and his mother had argued about the missing dog, and Anthony wasn’t in the mood to talk to his son now.
Aaron’s behavior had been spinning out of control.
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