Police: 8-year-old Chained to Wall to Stay Away from Food

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

SALINAS (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 more than a dozen child abuse-related counts.

The Monterey County Herald reported Thursday that 33-year-old Eraca Dawn Craig and 44-year-old Christian Jessica DeAnda each face charges including child abuse, child endangerment, false imprisonment and torture.

They are also facing misdemeanor child-endangerment charges 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 reportedly 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 return to court Jan. 21 to be formally arraigned before standing trial.