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.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Mounties seize marijuana, cash in Chilliwack, B.C., dial-a-dope bust

    Canada News CTV News
    CHILLIWACK, B.C. - Police say an alleged dial-a-dope ring has been shut down in Chilliwack, B.C., and five people have been arrested. RCMP say officers received tips in May 2016 about a group selling narcotics throughout the city. Source
  • ISIS-obsessed German teen girl faces jail for slitting cop's throat

    World News Toronto Sun
    Furious that she couldn’t join the ISIS death cult in Syria, a German teen sought blood vengeance for the slight. The 16-year-old Muslim girl -- known only as Safia S. -- was convicted of slitting the throat of a policewoman who stopped her in a routine check at a Hanover train station. Source
  • Another Dragon entering political ring?

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    TORONTO - We’ve already had one Dragon breathing political fire this week. Could there be a second getting set to enter the ring as well? Just hours after going public with a scathing review of her former Dragons’ Den co-star Kevin O’Leary’s candidacy for the federal Conservative leadership, could Arlene Dickinson be set to jump into politics herself with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals? Source
  • Woman accused of drugging son to get him to sleep

    World News Toronto Sun
    CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A Pennsylvania woman is facing child endangerment charges after allegedly drugging her son to calm him. Police say a 27-year-old Cranberry Township woman admitted she gave her 10-year-old son trazodone to calm him after he fought with his siblings in December. Source
  • Last Canadian survivor of Armenian genocide dies at 107

    Canada News CBC News
    Montreal resident Knar Yemenidjian lived to 107, but the Armenian genocide survivor was lucky to have made it past the age of six. Yemenidjian died Thursday, just weeks shy of her 108th birthday. The mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who moved to Montreal in 1971, was the last living link for Canada's Armenian community to the horrors inflicted on their ancestors in Turkey beginning in 1915. Source
  • Obama exits presidency voicing optimism for the future

    World News Toronto Sun
    WASHINGTON — Closing out a barrier-breaking chapter in history, former President Barack Obama left the White House on Friday much the way he entered it eight years ago: insisting Americans have reason for optimism despite the national sense of unease. Source
  • 'A president like no other': Donald Trump fires off 'confrontational, angry, populist' inaugural address

    World News CBC News
    It was classic Donald Trump — a hard-hitting campaign-style inauguration speech by the new president of the United States that used "America first" populist rhetoric, attacked Washington insiders and decried the state of the country. Source
  • 'Confrontational, angry' inaugural address leaves no doubt about which side Trump's on

    World News CBC News
    It was classic Donald Trump — a hard-hitting campaign-style inauguration speech by the new president of the United States that used "America first" populist rhetoric, attacked Washington insiders and decried the state of the country. Source
  • 'Your name is, ma’am?'; Accused cop killer interrupts judge while facing new charges

    World News Toronto Sun
    ORLANDO, Fla. — A day after an expletive-laced court appearance on charges he killed his pregnant ex-girlfriend, a fugitive was more subdued but still interrupted and refused to answer questions when he went before a judge Friday on five new charges filed against him in the death of an Orlando police officer. Source
  • Tim Hortons co-founder loses bid to have sex-assault suit tossed

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    TORONTO — A woman’s lawsuit alleging that the billionaire co-founder of Tim Hortons sexually assaulted her at his home will have to be decided at a full-blown trial, Ontario’s top court ruled Friday. Ron Joyce, 86, who has painted the woman with whom he had a one-time intimate relationship as a “pathological extortionist,” had wanted the Court of Appeal to find he had already paid his 36-year-old accuser to stop pushing the assault allegation before she sued him for $7.5 million in 2013. Source