Three malnourished, bruised children
rescued from California home
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[March 22, 2014]
(Reuters) — Three young children
with bruises and signs of malnourishment, one of whom was regularly
chained to a wall, were rescued by police from their parents' "cluttered
and dirty" home in northern California, the local sheriff's office said
Officers went to check on the two boys, aged 3 and 5, and a girl,
8, on March 14 at their home in Salinas, 100 miles south of San
Francisco, after two of the children missed medical appointments,
After speaking with the children's two mothers, officers found the
children with "obvious bruising and discoloration consistent with
malnourishment, and signs of mistreatment," said John Thornburg, a
Monterey County sheriff's office spokesman.
"At times the parents had chained the 8-year-old to the wall while
she was in the house," he said in a telephone interview, describing
an attachment on the wall to which she would be bound to prevent her
from getting food.
Police arrested the children's mothers, Eraca Dawn Craig, 31, and
Christian Jessica Deanda, 44, the following day on charges of child
abuse, neglect and false imprisonment.
A police report said there was "very little food" in the house,
which was described as "cluttered and dirty."
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The children were taken into protective custody, and the girl was
hospitalized for four days, Thornburg said.
The police report described both mothers as unemployed. They remain
in custody in the county jail, Thornburg said. Their lawyer not
immediately be reached for comment on Friday.
(Reporting by Jonathan Allen; editing by Mohammad Zargham)
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