The first time Gustavo Beltran met Jennifer Bonilla, she was a 5-year-old with an infectious smile and irresistible spunk, who darted around the playground and insisted on calling him "Dad."
Her mother, Antonia, was a recent immigrant from El Salvador who worked long hours as a housekeeper to make ends meet. Jennifer was frequently home alone.
Gustavo was working as a kindergarten aide at St. Thomas the Apostle, a school in a poor inner-city neighborhood of Los Angeles. ...Read full story