2 children found dead inside California storage unit died elsewhere, police say

SAN FRANCISCO - Police in the Northern California city of Redding, where the bodies of a boy and a girl were found inside a storage unit, said Wednesday the children died somewhere else and that police in Salinas, where the children had lived until recently, will lead the investigation.

See Full Article

Redding police said detectives determined during the investigation the children's death occurred outside Shasta County. The police gave no other details.

The Redding and Salinas police departments did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

Child welfare workers repeatedly visited the Salinas home of a woman now under investigation in the deaths of two children to check on complaints of neglect, an official said.

The five children were not removed from the care of the 39-year-old woman because there was no evidence they were at risk, Elliot Robinson, head of the Monterey County Department of Social Services, told The Associated Press.

There were four complaints between September 2014 and August about general neglect, a category that includes poor supervision, improper feeding, lice infestation and dirty household conditions, Robinson said, adding that none of the complaints alleged physical abuse.

"General neglect calls rarely will result in the removal of the child," he said. "More often than not it's about poverty."

Two of the children at the home belonged to the woman, and the other three had been placed in her care by their incarcerated father after their mother died, Robinson said.

The AP typically does not identify abuse victims; it is not naming the woman and a teenage suspect because their relationship to the children is unclear.

On Friday, a 9-year-old girl suffering from neglect and abuse was found near a house in Quincy, where the woman had recently moved. Later, police investigators found two children, ages 3 and 6, dead in a storage locker in Redding.

The woman and the 17-year-old male were arrested and charged with child abuse, torture and mayhem. Each remained jailed on $1 million bail. They have been named as suspects in the deaths, but they have not been charged.

The investigation began Friday with the discovery of the starving 9-year-old girl who was taken to a hospital.

Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood told the Sacramento Bee that some officials were so shaken by the abuse endured by the girl that they might have to take time off to recover.

"When you see what has been done to a beautiful little 9-year-old girl ." the sheriff said before stopping to regain his composure. "Anyone not affected needs to get some help."

The case took another turn Sunday, when Plumas County authorities got a call from someone in Monterey County asking about the two younger children.

Detectives questioned the woman and teenager again, and learned of the storage locker, the sheriff said.

The woman and teen appeared in court Tuesday, but they did not enter pleas. Their arraignments were set for Jan. 7. Their attorneys declined to comment.

Social services officials were reviewing the agency's handling of the four neglect complaints. "We're looking at the case to see if there's anything we should have done differently that could have prevented this tragedy," Robinson told the San Francisco Chronicle.


Latest Canada & World News

  • Former Supreme Court of Canada chief justice Beverley McLachlin to be judge in Hong Kong

    World News CBC News
    Hong Kong's top court has appointed former Supreme Court chief justice Beverley McLachlin to sit as a non-permanent common-law judge on the Court of Final Appeal. McLachlin, who recently retired from Canada's Supreme Court, will take up her new role once her appointment is endorsed by the Legislative Council, an elected body in Hong Kong that functions as a parliament or legislature. Source
  • 'This Wild West era's got to end': Facebook breach energizes UK lawmakers

    World News CBC News
    It is delicious irony that to uncover some of our worst fears about online data privacy and misinformation, it took old-fashioned journalists — the venerated British press — and an equally old-school method of whistleblowing. It's not for others' lack of trying. Source
  • Peru's president offers resignation amid political turmoil

    World News CBC News
    Embattled Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski offered his resignation Wednesday ahead of an impeachment vote, seeking to put an end to a fast-moving political drama playing out just three weeks before the Andean nation is set to host U.S. Source
  • Icy waterfall rescue nets man on date a bravery medal, couple now engaged

    Canada News CTV News
    VICTORIA -- A hiking date for a Vancouver Island couple turned into a life-saving rescue that earned Janson Chapman a bravery medal and now a lifetime partner. Chapman, a golf course greens keeper from Colwood, was one of 46 people honoured today with medals of service by Gov. Source
  • Montreal man accused in U.S. airport stabbing faces new terrorism charge

    Canada News CTV News
    FLINT, Mich. -- U.S. federal prosecutors have added a terrorism charge to the case of a Montreal man who is accused of stabbing a police officer at a Michigan airport in June. Amor Ftouhi, a native of Tunisia, has been charged with stabbing an officer in the neck at Flint's Bishop International Airport while yelling "Allahu Akbar," the Arabic phrase for "God is great. Source
  • Parents turn to GPS tracking devices after Montreal boy disappears

    Canada News CTV News
    Montreal police have received more than 700 tips about a missing boy who vanished nine days ago, but investigators still don’t know what happened to the child. Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou disappeared on March 12 after walking to a friend’s house. Source
  • Montreal man accused in Michigan airport stabbing faces new terrorism charge in U.S.

    Canada News CBC News
    U.S. federal prosecutors have added a terrorism charge to the case of a Montreal man who is accused of stabbing a police officer at a Flint, Michigan airport last June. Amor Ftouhi is a native of Tunisia. Source
  • Halifax nun is a karate brown belt, Harry Potter fan

    Canada News CTV News
    When you think of a nun, you generally think of a quiet, reserved woman with a strict life, and certainly not someone with a brown belt in karate. But with nearly 20 years of martial arts experience behind her, Sister Gemma MacLeod with the Franciscans of Halifax in the city’s West End is exactly the nun you didn’t know existed. Source
  • Former chief justice Beverley McLachlin expected to join Hong Kong court

    Canada News CTV News
    OTTAWA - Former Supreme Court of Canada chief justice Beverley McLachlin is slated to become a jurist in Hong Kong next year. The recently retired McLachlin has been nominated to sit on the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal, which routinely invites judges from other common law jurisdictions to be non-permanent members. Source
  • Former French president Sarkozy charged over alleged Libyan campaign money

    World News CBC News
    Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was handed preliminary charges Tuesday over allegations he accepted millions of euros in illegal campaign funding from the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. A judicial official told The Associated Press that investigative judges overseeing the probe gave the ex-president charges of illegally funding his 2007 winning campaign, passive corruption and receiving money from Libyan embezzlement. Source