Three malnourished, bruised children rescued from California home

Fri Mar 21, 2014 11:03pm EDT

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(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 on Friday.

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, arousing concern.

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."

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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Comments (4)
drauckerr wrote:
You’ll need to search far and wide for a news source that points out that the two mothers were an LBGT, lesbian, homosexual, gay couple who abused their children. One more example of the bias of American media favoring homosexuality.

Mar 21, 2014 11:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ImaOjibwa wrote:
@draucker
I doubt there’s any favoritism going on since they mentioned the fact that two mothers were involved. I’m not thew brightest crayon in the box so you should relate perfect. Isn’t it possible these woman are roommates that happened to both be evil? I have seen it before where individuals who should be imprisoned for life draw to one another. They could have both divorced, won custody of their children and ended up pairing up like scum do. These two mothers should get no sympathy outside of medication consideration to control their illness in case they escape solitary confinement in prison. Being gay or not, some people are simply evil. I do not think treating homosexuals bad or as if they are beneath us does anything but create hate. And evil begets evil.

Mar 27, 2014 12:49am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ImaOjibwa wrote:
@draucker
I doubt there’s any favoritism going on since they mentioned the fact that two mothers were involved. I’m not thew brightest crayon in the box so you should relate perfect. Isn’t it possible these woman are roommates that happened to both be evil? I have seen it before where individuals who should be imprisoned for life draw to one another. They could have both divorced, won custody of their children and ended up pairing up like scum do. These two mothers should get no sympathy outside of medication consideration to control their illness in case they escape solitary confinement in prison. Being gay or not, some people are simply evil. I do not think treating homosexuals bad or as if they are beneath us does anything but create hate. And evil begets evil.

Mar 27, 2014 12:49am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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