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Police find three starving children in California home

3 Malnourished Kids Found During Calif. Welfare Check

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) -- Three starving children - including one who was chained to the floor to prevent her from getting food - were found last month in the squalid home of a Northern California couple, authorities said.

All three - two boys and a girl - were taken into protective custody, and one was hospitalized, Monterey County Sheriff Scott Miller said Friday.

Authorities discovered them in the Salinas, Calif., home on March 14 after two of the young people missed appointments, according to several published reports.

"It was a particularly heinous case," Miller told the Monterey Herald. The children had "hardly eaten for months."

The boys are 3 and 5 years old, and the girl is 8, authorities said, and they all exhibited bruises and signs of other physical as well as emotional abuse.

The girl, who appeared to have suffered the most extreme abuse, was chained to the floor to prevent her from getting any food, they said.

"It seems that the little girl was the major target of this abuse," Miller continued, adding that she looked "like a concentration camp victim."

The girl was in the hospital for about five days, he said, and seemed "traumatized."

There was evidence that she was may have been put in the closet as well as that she was sometimes shackled at the ankle and at other times by a collar around her neck, Miller said.

Eraca Dwan Craig, 31, and Christian Jessica Deana, 44, were both arrested at the scene on suspicion of felony child cruelty, false imprisonment and other charges.

The women, who are domestic partners, do not appear to have criminal records in Monterey County. They were both arraigned in Monterey County Court on Tuesday and are scheduled for a preliminary hearing on March 28.

Authorities said the women seemed to be making preparations to leave before they were arrested.

Investigators found little food inside the home, which was cluttered and dirty, according to reports.

The girl and the older boy were adopted children, and the younger boy is the biological son of one of the women, Miller said.

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Information from: The Monterey County Herald, http://www.montereyherald.com

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Penelope March 21 2014 at 10:29 PM

Sad Very Sad

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hipocket07 March 21 2014 at 10:39 PM

Do the same to them...now...sick people in this world...

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Elliott March 21 2014 at 10:46 PM

If 2 of these children missed appointments then were discovered in this condition I have to wonder what the appointments were that would cause the Sheriff's Department to go to the home. I would venture to guess that CPS was involved, and again, they didn't do their jobs. The 2 perps should go to prison, but CPS and possibly the schools they went to (if they did) should also be held responsible. Wrong on so many levels.

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scoopee March 21 2014 at 10:48 PM

PEOPLE WHO FOLLOWED THRU WITH MISSED APOINTMENT . GREAT JOB!!!!....SAVED 3 LITTLE KIDS.. THANKS

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wscnsn80 March 21 2014 at 10:50 PM

Why adopt and have children if you don't want to care and love them??? Wrong on every level, the kids are so young, hope these women suffer the strongest consequences.

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cafebeege March 21 2014 at 10:55 PM

HTH did these two get past the adoption screening process ???? If these were "private" adoptions, I'd like to find out what the biological parents are like and what they think now. So they had no contact after adoption. And these two even got a SECOND adoptive child ???!!!! AND ...... someone donated sperm for invitro for the third ???!!!

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grgbister March 21 2014 at 10:55 PM

those two "mommies" need to be put out of OUR misery for doing that to children. Fry thm or put the needle in them and rid them from harming children again.

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Pam March 21 2014 at 10:58 PM

Why adopt children when you don't want them? I sincerely hope the Court does its job and gives them a long sentence for each of those poor victims. And I hope the biological child is given a good home, too.

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rx901tn Pam March 21 2014 at 11:22 PM

THEY GET MONEY THAT WHY THE WORLD WE LIVE IN IS GETTING MORE SCREW UP EVERY DAY
FREE oBAMA CARE , FOOD STAMPS, FREE PHONES , WONDER WHAT THEY GONA GIVE AWAY THIS TIME AT MID TERM ... OH 10. 10 PER HR WOMEN GET FREE RUBBER AND FREE BIRTH CONTROL . AND NOW OBAMA GIVING AWAY FREE GAS . WHAT NEXT??????

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mindy1000 rx901tn March 21 2014 at 11:33 PM

well put

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lwainscot Pam March 21 2014 at 11:34 PM

They adopt to prove you can have a family with two mommies or two daddies. Prime example of why kids shouldn't be adopted into unnatural families, like this.

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pelionpanos March 21 2014 at 10:58 PM

IF it was up to me I would tie these losers up and let them starve the way they made these helpless kids do . Forget about this bull jailing them eye for and eye is only justice in the world . Maybe than people might think about their actions . Prisons are a total joke nothing but a revolving door of losers that we have to support . The hang man

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AL pelionpanos March 21 2014 at 11:07 PM

AMEN!!!

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lpr918 March 21 2014 at 11:06 PM

Now while they wait their day in court, Chain them, abuse them & DON"T give them a speck of food!
Oh no that will never happen. The law protects them and people like this HAVE THEIR RIGHTS!

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