California women accused of starving daughter face trial

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Posted: Jan 09, 2015 3:58 PM

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — Two Northern California women accused of chaining up their 8-year-old adopted daughter to prevent her from getting food will face trial on torture and other abuse-related charges.

The Monterey County Herald reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/1w5reSn ) that Eraca Dawn Craig and Christian Jessica DeAnda each face charges including child abuse, child endangerment, false imprisonment and torture.

They are also charged in connection with the treatment of two boys, ages 5 and 3.

A deputy conducting the welfare check last March in Salinas said she found "bruised" children. The girl told deputies she was chained to a wall "all day, every day" and would be struck with a belt as punishment.

Prosecutors say Craig and DeAnda will be arraigned Jan. 21 before standing trial. DeAnda's lawyer, Jeremy Dzubay, didn't immediately return a message seeking comment. Information for Craig's lawyer couldn't be found.

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