The Herald is reporting that 44-year-old Christian Deanda (top) and 31-year-old Eraca Craig were arrested near their home on charges of false imprisonment and felony child cruelty.
Found in their Salinas, CA home were the 3-year-old male biological child of one of the women as well as a 5-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl who were legally adopted by the women.
All showed signs of varying levels of abuse.
According to The Herald, the scene of the crimes and the treatment of the children in the couple’s care was nothing short of horrific:
The girl was the most abused, deputies said, though all three had bruises and other marks and appeared to be malnourished. Officers said they found signs the girl had been chained to the wall and said she may have been held in a closet. Investigators believe she was shackled at times at the ankle and at other times by a collar around her neck. One deputy reported the girl was chained “to keep her from obtaining food.”(Monterey County Sheriff Scott) Miller said it appeared she had “hardly eaten for months.”
Craig and Deanda are being held in Monterey County Jail on bail of $50,000, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 28.
The children have all been placed in foster care, and we hope that they get the support they need from loving parents, gay or straight.