Memorial fund, car wash planned to raise funds for burial of Covina infant

COVINA — Friends of a young couple whose infant son died last week while in the care of his grandmother are spearheading efforts to help the devastated parents raise money for services.
Eight-month-old Julian Sosa of Covina died at a hospital Wednesday after being found unconscious and floating in a bathtub Monday, according to Covina police. The baby was in the care of his grandmother, 48-year-old Irma Godinez, who has since been arrested on suspicion of child endangerment causing death.
Julian’s 18-year-old parents, Diane Alvarado and Derek Sosa, are now struggling to pay for a funeral and burial for him, family friend Ava Hawkins-Henry said.
To help them with that challenge, friends have set up a memorial fund and are planning to hold a benefit car wash next weekend.
Those interested in donating can make checks out to the “Julian Sosa Memorial Foundation,” and mailed to 668 E. Lee Place, Azusa, CA 91702. Foundation information and receipts for tax purposes are available on request, according to Hawkins-Henry.
Funds can be transferred to the fund via a secured Wells Fargo bank account with account number 1512910751 and routing number 122000247.
Friends will also gather from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 4 in the parking lot of the Meineke Car Care Center, 546 E. Route 66 in Glendora, to hold a car wash to benefit the family, Hawkins-Henry said.
Julian is survived by a 2-year-old sister, who was taken into the custody of the county Department of Children’s Services the day Julian was hospitalized.
Godinez, who was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail, was scheduled to appear in West Covina Superior Court Monday for arraignment.

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