Woman Accused of Feeding 9-Year-Old Food with Bugs in It Arrested on Child, Elder Abuse Charges

MODESTO -- Behind the closed doors of a Modesto home, allegations of abuse are so disturbing residents are left speechless and even law enforcement is surprised.

"All I could think was 'wow,'" said resident Heather Dabney.

"I don't know that I've ever heard of anything quite like this," said Modesto Police Department spokesperson Heather Graves.

What led to these reactions is what Michelle Buenrostro is accused of doing to a 9-year-old girl.

"Was made to eat food that had bugs in it, had been left out on the counter for several days and was forced to eat that food," said Graves.

And also what she allegedly did to a 66-year-old woman.

"She hadn't been fed or bathed in... she didn't even actually remember how long," said Graves.

Buenrostro was the caretaker of both the elderly woman and the little girl. The three are related and lived together in a home in southeast Modesto until Sunday when the elderly woman called police to report physical and mental abuse.

Officers said they found the house in disarray.

"This made them feel like it was not a safe environment," said Graves.

The Modesto Police Department called Child and Adult Protective Services and later arrested Buenrostro on charges of child and elder abuse.

The Modesto Police Department said the 66-year-old woman stayed in the home, but the little girl was moved to another home where she feels comfortable.

As of Wednesday night, Buenrostro was being held in the Stanislaus County Jail on $100,000 bail.