- Associated Press - Friday, May 15, 2015

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California jury on Friday found two women guilty of child abuse and neglect for chaining their daughter to a wall and starving her.

It took a jury of six women and six men one day to reach a verdict. When the decision was read to the women Friday afternoon, Eraca Craig began crying as Cristian De Anda comforted her with a hug, the Salinas Californian reported (https://bit.ly/1JOqDNK).

De Anda is facing up to life in prison after being found guilty of torturing the girl, starving her, beating her with a belt, biting her and sticking a steak knife up the child’s nose. Craig is facing up to 11 years in prison, prosecutors said.

The women’s children, two boys, now ages 4 and 7, and a 10-year-old girl were found last year living in squalor with little food.

Investigators found indications that the girl had been chained to a wall from time to time.

The children were under legal guardianship of the defendants after their troubled biological mother abandoned them in New Mexico. They are in foster homes now.

The couple will be sentenced July 17.

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Information from: The Salinas Californian, https://www.californianonline.com


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