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

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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.

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