- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Pinal County authorities have arrested three women following the death of one woman’s 3-year-old daughter and the discovery of allegedly abusive conditions in the home where they lived.

The county sheriff’s office said Tuesday that an autopsy determined Tiana Rosalie Capps died in November from multiple blunt force traumas.

According to the sheriff’s office, the girl was in the care of Shawn Main, 45, when she died. Main lived with the other women and four children in a Maricopa-area home that was filthy, contained animal feces and showed signs of hoarding, sheriff’s officials said.

Main is charged with first-degree murder and child abuse.

The sheriff’s office identified the children’s mother as Tina Morse, 27. She and Maria C. Tiglao, 46, face child abuse charges.

Main had called 911 at 6:20 a.m. Nov. 19 to report the girl was in medical distress and that she was driving the child to a hospital, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies had Main pull over to the side of the road where they and paramedics started providing emergency care, but the girl ultimately died, the sheriff’s office said.

Main told investigators that the child’s injuries to the head and body were self-inflicted, but the autopsy findings “did not support the claims,” Sheriff Paul Babeu said.

The Arizona Department of Child Safety removed the three other children - a 5-year-old boy, a 4-year-old boy and a 5-month-old boy - from the home.

All of the children were malnourished, and the 5-year-old boy had injuries to his head, Babeu said.

“The investigation has shown that the biological mother and two other women who were supposed to be caring for these four children failed miserably in their responsibility to protect these children from home,” the sheriff said.

The women remained jailed Tuesday, and attempts to obtain comment on their behalf were not immediately successful.

An attorney identified in court records as representing Main said he had declined the appointment. The county public defender’s office will represent Tiglao, but a manager said an attorney hasn’t been assigned to her case yet. An attorney appointed to represent Morse didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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