Parents arrested as three children found in 'squalid' home and daughter (8) chained to the wall
Published 22/03/2014 | 22:10
The parents of three children in California have been arrested on charges of child neglect in a case police are describing as one of the 'worst they've ever seen'.
Eraca Dawn Craig (31) and Christian Jessica Deanda (44) are domestic partners have been accused of felony child cruelty and false imprisonment.
Their three children, two boys aged three and five and daughter, eight, were discovered living in 'squalid' conditions, severely malnourished and appear not to have eaten in months.
The eight-year-old girl was reportedly treated the worst and was often chained to the wall in their home.
Craig and Deanda were arrested on March 15, but the charges were only announced today.
"When you've got over 30 years in the business, you've seen way too many of these types of things before," Monterey County Sheriff Scott Miller said today.
"But this is, in terms of child abuse and neglect, this is toward the top."
Investigators found two heavy chains hanging from the wall approximately four feet from the ground with a collar which was wrapped around the girl's neck or leg in order to prevent her from seeking food.
She was hospitalised for five days on discovery and each of the children are in foster homes now.
"She was extremely emaciated," Miller added. "She's been described as someone who looks like someone who'd been in a concentration camp."
"The conditions are reported as squalid. There was very little food in the residence. There's also concern the little girl, the 8-year-old, was from time to time chained to the wall of the residence and was denied food."
Police were alerted to the family when they missed a series of appointments, however Mr Miller would not explain the details of these appointments. The two older children were home schooled.