Children found in storage locker killed elsewhere, California police say

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2 children found dead in storage unit.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California woman under investigation in the killing of two children was visited by county child welfare workers several times over the course of a year to check on complaints of neglect, an official said. The girl weighed just 18kg, had missing and loose teeth, broken bones in her shoulder, broken fingers and a dislocated jaw when found in the locked Toyota 4-Runner in the small town of East Quincy in Plumas County, California.POMONA (CBSLA.com/AP) — After two children, 6 and 3, were found dead in a storage unit in Northern California on Sunday, the victims’ half-sister said she had grave concerns about the children’s guardian and wanted to have the kids removed from her custody.In this photo taken, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, and released by the Monterey County Weekly, members of the Salinas Police Crime Scene Investigation unit walk into a house in Salinas, Calif., recently lived in by a woman and teenage boy arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse, torture and mayhem.

She had open sores and was infested with lice. “That little girl had been subjected to the most unspeakable measure of torture for an extended period of time. Elliott Robinson, the director of Monterey County’s social services department, said Wednesday that his office received four reports involving the family, most recently in August. Redding police said detectives determined that the deaths of the children — a 3-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy — occurred outside Shasta County. He said 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. Robinson said he was limited by legal issues over what information he could release, but said social workers responding to such calls typically make efforts to ensure children are cared for and to help work with adults to address any problems in the home.

The family lived at a Fremont Street home in Salinas and consisted of Huntsman, 39; two 12-year-old twins she had with a former husband; and three other children she was caring for, reportedly at the request of their father, Shaun Daniel Tara, who was incarcerated and whose wife had died earlier. Two of that father’s children –Shaun Tara, 6, and Delylah Tara, 3 –had been reported as missing by Salinas police and were in the custody of Huntsman and her reported boyfriend, Gonsalvo Curiel, 17, police said. The badly abused and beaten 9-year-old girl who was with Huntsman when she and Gonsalvo were arrested last week is the older sibling of the two dead children. 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. Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood told the Sacramento Bee 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 Huntsman and Curiel appeared in court Tuesday but did not enter pleas.

Their attorneys declined to comment. “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. She probably would have died of her conditions in very short order had she not been discovered.” Hagwood added to KSBW: “This is an unspeakable tragedy. And I don’t think anybody can fully appreciate the measure of suffering and pain and terror that people inflict on one another.” On her Facebook page, Huntsman said that she has worked at “Being the best mom (sic) I can be” since August 1994, Heavy reported.

In the About section of her page, she wrote, “I love being with my kids and my family.” In 2013 Huntsman sued her former husband, Chris Criswell, for child support, KSBW reported. Tara is currently listed as being held in the Riverside County Jail on charges that include felony possession of a controlled substance, felony possession of a dirk or dagger and probation violations. The children’s mother died Dec. 30, 2013, according to online posts. “RIP to my loving wife, best friend and mother of my beautiful children,” Shaun Tara posted on Facebook Jan. 7, 2014. “dont worry baby i got this!” Another Facebook page called “Justice for Tami Joy Huntsman’s Victims” also was created that chronicles the case through news accounts.

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