3 Starving, Abused Kids Taken From California Home
Two moms in custody; one girl had been chained
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2014 7:18 AM CDT
Christian Deanda, left, and Eraca Craig.   (Monterey County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – It's "a particularly heinous case," says the sheriff in California's Monterey County. Police rescued three young children who showed signs of starvation and abuse from their home in Salinas, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Their mothers, who lived together as domestic partners, are in custody. The oldest child, an 8-year-old girl, had been chained at times to keep her from getting food, and she looked like a "concentration camp victim," says Sheriff Scott Miller. The girl was hospitalized for four days and is now recuperating in a foster home.

The other two children are boys ages 3 and 5, and they, too, were malnourished, bruised, and showed signs of emotional abuse, reports AP. But the girl apparently bore the brunt of the abuse, with investigators saying she was shackled at the ankle or by a collar at times, and may have been held in a closet. Eraca Craig, 31, and Christian Deanda, 44, are accused of felony child cruelty, false imprisonment, and other charges, reports the Monterey Herald. They home-schooled the kids and were scheduled to be married next week.

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Mar 25, 2014 4:18 PM CDT
Lock them up and let them starve a bit... seems like they have enough reserves to last them a long time.
Mar 23, 2014 7:28 AM CDT
Here is hoping these children get what they deserve...Here is hoping these two woman get what they deserve.....which would be very different
Mar 22, 2014 10:37 PM CDT
I was just reading the other day about the Sylvia Likens horror in the 60s...the main perpetrator in that case got a life sentence but managed to get parole in 1985...I'm not generally one for making comments about exacting violent vengeance, but in cases such as these, I feel sickened enough to say, stitch the bitches together, hang 'em off a rotating clothesline and spin 'em around and around, randomly stopping their rotation with a shovel. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Likens